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7/20/04

Iran's Parliament approves outlines of abortion bill

The Iranian Parliament, in an open session on Tuesday, approved the outlines of a bill to legalize abortion in specified cases in the country, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Once passed by the legislature, the bill will authorize abortion in cases where three physicians and a medico-legal certify that the embryo sought to be aborted is medically defective or that its development to full term would endanger the life of the mother or bring unconscionable suffering to the family after birth.

The bill also allows abortion when the mother is found to be suffering from a disease that would put her life in danger if the pregnancy were to continue.

It also sets the condition that the abortion, to be legal, must be performed before the pregnancy has reached four months and 10 days and with the consent of both parents.

Some religious authorities have already signified their assent to the bill.

... Payvand News - 7/20/04 ... --



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