An Overview of Abortion Laws & Methods – What Islam Says About It
In this post, we are going to discuss the facts about abortion, how it is done by an abortion pill of the unwanted pregnancy what religion says about abortion.
Although abortion law in every country is different, if you are a follower of any religion you should also be aware of the abortion law in the religion also.
In this post, we will be sharing the details and abortion facts, and these will be based on the abortion methods with abortion facts we shall cover abortion procedures also
What is Abortion?
Abortion is the process to terminate the unwanted pregnancy.
This termination of pregnancy is done deliberately to remove the fetus from the uterus.
Pregnancy termination can be done by pills and surgery just for an idea some pills can be used during the first 10 weeks of the pregnancy and some for 15 weeks.
Post then that you need to go under surgical abortion to terminate the unwanted pregnancy.
Surgical abortion can be done during the first 28 weeks.
Let’s go through detailed procedures
Types of Abortions?
There are mainly 5 types of abortion
- Medical Abortion
- Vacuum Aspiration
- Dilation & Evacuation
- Induction Abortion
- Surgical Abortion
Medical abortion is a term used for termination of the pregnancy using abortion pills as we discussed above there are two types of pills one is used during the first 10 weeks.
Abortion tablets are easily available in the market.
How abortion is done in this method
This abortion method takes 5 hours to 2 days to terminate the pregnancy.
There is another abortion pill available in the market that works during the first 15 weeks of the pregnancy.
This is a cancer drug; it works the same way as it does for cancer.
This abortion tablet stops cell multiplying in embryo same it stops multiplying cancer cells in the human body.
This the simplest abortion procedure which is widely used for the termination of the pregnancy in early stages
Since these pills are very sensitive and may have some adverse effects also, it is better to get the abortion pill name to be prescribed by the Dr.
There are many abortion tablets available in the market, but which one will suit to your case Dr’s may know better than you so should make sure to get the abortion pill name prescribed by the Dr
Dr may ask your menstrual cycle history and other detail before prescribing any name of the abortion pill.
Let’s see another method of Abortion
This abortion procedure also called suction aspiration.
This method of termination of pregnancy can be used up to the first trimester or initial times of the second trimester depends on the progress of the fetus.
Time of the abortion procedure should be determined by a medical practitioner.
Now this is not the time of an abortion pill that time is over, now if you opt abortion tablet as the abortion method that means you are risking your own life
Be careful and see the doctor asap
How abortion is done in this method
In vacuum aspiration Dr’s use a gentle suction machine to get the fetus out of the uterus with its placenta.
However, this process is not painful, but you can feel the cramps due to tissue removal from uterus.
Recovery time after this process
You may feel discomfort for 3-4 days after suction aspiration and need to take rest for few days.
Dilation & Evacuation
Don’t get confused this abortion method is also called D&E.
This is also one of the abortion procedures.
This procedure is the combination of Suction Aspiration, D&C and forceps
D&C is commonly known as Dilation and Curettage.
How abortion is done in this method
This process takes usually two days but may take more days depends on the condition of a mother
This process usually opts if there are severe abnormalities in fetus and family decides not to go ahead with the child.
In this medical pregnancy termination procedure first day, Dr dilates the cervix to make cervix widen to make it easier to remove the fetus from the uterus.
The second day Dr removes the pregnancy tissues using forceps, suction tube, and a scoop look alike tool.
This process of pregnancy abortion may be painful.
For pregnancy abortion, there is another method which is called induction method
How abortion is done in this method
Dr gives medicine to induce the labor pains, by this uterus contracts to release the pregnancy if it doesn’t happen Dr’s may have to use spoon-like tool to remove the fetus
As its name suggests this pregnancy abortion procedure requires surgery to be done
This abortion method takes a few hours to terminate the unwanted pregnancy
Surgery is done by a surgeon under the supervision of a gynecologist
This is another aching pregnancy abortion method to terminate the pregnancy.
Recovery after abortion
Recovery after an abortion depends on the abortion method that how abortion is done.
It may take 2 days to several weeks.
If one picks abortion pill method that can get recover in 1-2 days even ovulation will start after weeks of the pregnancy termination.
If surgery is done for removal of pregnancy may take several weeks to recover this method has side effects also which we will discuss ahead in this post.
After knowing the types of abortion or in other words how abortion is done let’s see even after going through these painful pregnancy termination methods can abortion fail?
Can abortion fail
Yes, there is a chance in which an abortion can be failed if it is not done properly these cases can occur more in medical abortion or abortion tablet method.
Abortion may also affect fertility in some cases lets discuss that also
Although most of the medical practitioners believe that the abortion pill does not affect fertility at all.
Will abortion affect fertility?
Abortion can cause a problem for future fertility, but it depends on abortion method since there are many abortion procedures, but medical abortion is considered as safest abortion method due to non-insertion any tool in cervix or uterus.
But surgical abortion procedure can be scarring and harmful for future pregnancy because surgical pregnancy abortion method always includes tools and suction pipe that may cause a problem for future pregnancy.
This kind of fertility effect is found in women who had multiple surgical pregnancy terminations.
Although abortion has many side effects, this is one of the side effects of abortion.
Rest of the side effects of abortion we will see below in this post.
What pregnancy termination does to your body?
Abortion does a lot to your body.
There are many side effects of abortion which may vary woman to woman
But we strongly feel you should be aware of these possible side effects before going under any pregnancy abortion method.
We are dividing the side effects of abortion into three categories see further for it.
Common side effects of abortion
Serious side effects of abortion
Side effects of abortion which seek medical attention.
5 common side effects of abortion are mentioned below
- Cramping and abdominal pain
- Bleeding or spotting
These side effects are very commonly found in the woman who opts abortion procedure
Abortion side effects can be seen from 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
7 Serious side effects of abortion
- Persistent and heavy bleeding
- Cervix damage
- Uttering lining scarring
- Uterus perforation
- Organ damage
These are serious side effects of abortion which Dr’s themselves check time to time till the time you are on treatment.
5 side effects of abortion which require medical attention
- Severe pain in back that doesn’t allow you to stand up
- Heavy bleeding more than the normal menstrual period
- Discharge with a foul smell
- Fever more than 100.4 F
- Symptoms of pregnancy
The side effects of abortion are not limited to these, there may be many others, but these are common and widely seen.
Abortion vs miscarriage
Abortion and miscarriage both have the same outcome, but process, reasons, and effects on the body are fully different.
We have already discussed almost everything about abortion, which is a deliberate act to terminate the pregnancy, but miscarriage is a term which is used for a natural abortion.
Natural abortion may occur due to some unpreventable reasons, due to those reasons’ pregnancy ends naturally
Some Causes of Spontaneous abortion
- Poor diet
- Genetic issues
- Advanced maternal age
- Food Poising
Spontaneous abortion may take place due to these reasons but again there are many other causes too which are responsible for miscarriage.
Abortion and depression
Getting depression after abortion is not uncommon.
Getting pregnancy done is of course not an easy decision, after getting the pregnancy terminated one can get mixed feelings there may be several reasons due to which one opts any abortion method.
Abortion and depression are closely linked
There was a study published in 2015 in which it was mentioned people who have mental health before pregnancy may have negative emotions after pregnancy termination.
This is all about the worldly matter, which is related to abortion, moving ahead we’ll discuss what the Islam religion says about abortion
Similarly, any other religion in the world which denies abortion unless there is some special condition in which abortion is allowed Islam also prohibits abortion
The conditions in which abortion is allowed we will see later in this post, first let’s dig deep why and how Islam defines abortion is a murder
[Quran 6:140] Losers indeed are those who killed their children foolishly, due to their lack of knowledge, and prohibited what God has provided for them, and followed innovations attributed to God. They have gone astray; they are not guided.
[Quran 17:31] You shall not kill your children due to fear of poverty. We provide for them, as well as for you. Killing them is a gross offense.
Based on these Quranic verses about abortion it is crystal clear that abortion is murder unless you have any specific condition where a mother is on the death threat.
Abortion in Islam is considered as a major sin and a murder.
Such as Allah says in the Quran do not kill your children due to poverty be because we provide the rizq (food) to your children and you too.
Means if you kill your children due to any reason it is considered as murder.
Why people opt for pregnancy termination
There may be several reasons
Few we are mentioning below
Illegal sexual relation
Not ready for to the family
Take an example of the first reason
If a man and woman indulged in Illegal sexual relation and woman got pregnant now, she is not ready to bear this and finally plans to abort the baby.
There are two major sins in it one illegal sexual relation and abortion of a kid who is innocent.
Allah says in the Quran if you killed one innocent human being it as that you have killed the whole of humanity, anyone can imagine killing humanity is such a big sin
At the day of resurrection, this baby will ask the question of why he was killed he had no sin and reason to be killed.
Allah (SBT) has given special blessings for a baby girl
What is a resurrection?
Resurrection is a term which is used for a rising of the dead at the judgment day.
Judgment day is the day when everyone will come to know what the wrong one has done in his life and what good one has brought with him.
If someone is involved in this act, he should repent from God and seek forgiveness.
God is highly forgiving if anyone seeks repentance from him, he never sends him back empty hands.
Allah Ta’ala has given you a few exceptions where scholar says abortion is allowed.
Certain circumstances where abortion is allowed?
- If the fetus is dead
- If the mother is on the death threat
- If the fetus has some specific medical condition
Any other specific circumstances one should check with one of the scholars to consult.
However we know killing its own child is such a painful act but still, people do it due to some reasons.
The better way is to deal with it is first do not commit a sin such as illegal sex, second keep believing in God that he is there to take care of you and your children and repent from him seek forgiveness he is most forgiving and keep believing in Allah and keep his commandments.
Rest Allah knows best and Jazak Allah hu Khair!