I have been reading about this a lot on social media, and at 1st I didn’t want to comment on it since even though I’m half American, I’m from California, and I don’t currently live in the US. However, it seems to be a matter that has gotten really big and I wanted to give my take on it.
This does not make sense to me. I know that America is a free country supposedly. So just as a Muslim woman has the right to wear the hijab in America, so should someone who’s religion doesn’t prohibit abortion get to have an abortion.
As for my personal take on abortion, I know it’s prohibited in Islam. I don’t know if there are exceptions for rape and incest, but I will check. I also know relations that lead to pregnancy are prohibited outside of a marriage.
I just read an article on the history of abortion and the laws regarding it in different religions and different countries, and in Islam:
Abortion is allowed only if the continuation of the pregnancy would endanger the life or health of the expectant mother; or if there is a proven serious congenital anomaly in the embryo or fetus. The performance of abortion should be done before elapse of 120 days from the start of conception, which is considered the time of ensoulment according to the Hadith (sayings) of the Prophet.
Nevertheless, some jurists would allow abortion for social reasons, e.g. rape, or where continuation of the pregnancy would affect a nursing child, or where a wet nurse was not available or the father was too poor to afford a wet nurse.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3439741/
Even in Islam, there are different opinions. Some say 40 days, but most say 120. You can read the whole article to know all about abortion laws in Britain and in the US and statistics regarding abortion.
I know that America is not an Islamic country (nor is Lebanon). Are there any countries that are ruled by Islamic Law anyway? But the Texas law is even in violation of Islamic law. A Muslim has a right to have an abortion if the pregnancy is not yet 120 days (17 weeks) if there is a congenital anomaly, risk on the mother’s health, rape, or incest.
As for me personally, I have 1 child and I’m married. I’m not trying to get pregnant, but I don’t mind if I do. However, my husband doesn’t want another child, and under the current circumstances, I think a 2nd child will complicate things further, or fix them. Who knows? Anyway, since I have PCOS, it’s difficult for me to get pregnant anyway. I’m 30 years old now, but once I turn 35, I don’t want to get pregnant anymore, for fear of birth defects (risk increases after the age of 35) and also because I don’t think I would welcome the infringement on my freedom. Who knows where I’ll be after 5 years anyway.
In conclusion, I think the texas ban is unfair. I don’t think abortion should be banned in a free country. At least not like this. I just don’t understand it. What happened in Texas for them to make this law?