Aborting a deformed fetus

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta

Aborting a deformed fetus


; unicode-bidi: embed; direction: ltr">We reviewed request no. 2851 for the year 2005 which includes the following:

A woman is 5 months pregnant. Physicians have unanimously agreed that the fetus suffers  deformities and this is the third time she has experienced a similar pregnancy. Based on this, is it permissible to abort the deformed fetus?


If the case is as mentioned in the question and the fetus has been enousled, it is considered a complete human being. It is impermissible to encroach upon its life even if it is deformed provided the continuation of pregnancy does not put the mother's life at risk. Otherwise, there is no objection to terminating the pregnancy after consulting a Muslim physician.
Allah the Almighty knows best


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