Abortion in Iran

The legal issue of abortion in Iran has been the subject of much controversy for many years. The currently it allows abortion in Iran only if the pregnancy threatens the woman’s life. Any other form of abortion is illegal. However, there is an extended violation of the law. 1

In 1978 abortion was legalized for the first time. 2 In April 2005 , the Iranian Parliament approved a new bill that would reduce the conditions for abortion in certain cases, for example if the pregnancy would result in the birth of a child with a congenital disease . However, the Guardian Council , a twelve-member body that must pass new legislation passed by Parliament, rejected the bill a month later. 3 4 5


  1. Back to top↑ Trends in abortion in Iran: 1994-2002
  2. Back to top↑ Eliz Sanasarian . The Women’s Rights Movements in Iran, Praeger, New York: 1982, ISBN 0-03-059632-7 . (in English)
  3. Back to top↑ Harrison, Frances. ( December as April as 2005 ). ” Iran liberalises laws on abortion .” BBC News. Retrieved 25 as March as 2009 . (in English)
  4. Back to top↑ ” Iran’s Parliament eases abortion law .” ( 13 as April as 2005 ). The Daily Star. Retrieved 25 as March as 2009 . (in English)
  5. Back to top↑ ” Iran Rejects Easing of Abortion Law .” ( 9 as maypole as 2005 ). LifeSiteNews.com . Retrieved 25 as March as 2009 . (in English)