Abortions more common in Arab countries
Abortion is becoming more common
in Arab countries as young people marry later and engage in premarital sex,
family planning officials say.
While Islam bans abortion except when a pregnancy is the result of forcible
rape or continuing the pregnancy would put the mother's life or health at risk,
the public is becoming more tolerant, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"There's definitely an increase compared to 10 to 15 years ago," said
Mohammed Graigaa, head of the Moroccan Association
for Family Planning. "Abortion is much less of a taboo. It's much more
visible. Doctors talk about it. Women talk about it. The moral values of people
One recent poll by WorldPublicOpinion.org found that more than half of
Egyptians, Iranians and Palestinians say abortion should be legal. The United
Nations estimates one in 10 pregnancies in North Africa and the Middle East
ends in abortion, half the U.S. rate.
Because abortions are illegal in most circumstances, many are performed by
midwives or so-called back-alley practitioners.
Copyright 2008 by United Press International.
This news arrived on: 06/30/2008