By Mohamedhussein Kara (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Abortion is a widespread malpractice universally & sadly enough, its rate escalates day by day. Typically, it is a battle between choice and life. According to the WHO, annually, an estimated 40-50 million abortions take place. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions a day in this sad planet. An abortion is a deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, mostly conducted within the first 28 weeks of conception. Another term used to describe this is a ‘feticide’. Naturally, a majority considers this to be a wrongdoing, but is prevalent globally.
Nearly 88% of abortions take place in developing regions and that includes most countries in the African continent. It is sad to say that 25% of these are performed on women less than 25 years of age. According to statistics in 2016, 1 in 4 pregnancies end in abortion & 1 in 3 of these pregnancies are unwanted. There are around 10 ways to kill and expel the fetus from the uterus and all of these involve killing the unborn in an inhuman manner, for no valid reason that is. This is primarily why Islam despises abortion, unless the unborn will cause harm to the mother mentally or physically. Islam advices abortion in this severe situation. The baby is either cut into pieces, grabbed and twisted, crushed, suffocated, induced to prevent its heartbeat, dehydrated or vacuumed and torn apart. Even worse, babies that survive this cruel procedure, are born immature and left unattended to die. This opposes humanitarian rights and in some cases is very perilous to the mother.
In countries where abortion is legal and available, it is a safe process. Making this act illegal doesn’t reduce the number of abortions; it simply reduces its safety, thus causing a threat to the mother’s life. According to WHO, 20 million of the 40-50 million abortions performed annually are illegal and unsafe. Unsafe abortions often lead to inflections and death of mothers too. It seriously is high time health becomes a reality to every human regardless of age, race, income or geography. It is sad to see the world opting ‘pro-choice,’ a belief that women should be the ones to decide as it is her body and that she shouldn’t be forced to go through an unwanted pregnancy. In contrast, ‘pro-life’ is in favor of protecting the life of the fetus as it is a living and growing entity. Destroying it is equivalent to taking an innocent life. Life is sacred and is granted by the Almighty alone and that makes him to decide when to take lives. No one can decide a fellow human’s death, for this is a great misdeed.
Abortion obviously has its flaws and can lead major medical complications like cervix damage, various infections, heavy bleeding and serious damage to internal organs. Other women may regret this within conflicting periods of time which may cause them to get very emotional. This consequently leads to guilt, depression, suicidal thoughts, alcohol and drug abuse. Among the higher risks of unsafe abortion are cervical and ovarian cancer. Placenta previa is also a risen issue which prevents future conceptions, making the woman sterile.
Allah( swt) has created the womb for his servants to dwell in at the most vulnerable stage of their earthly lives. The womb is Allah (swt)’s designated place of safety and must be respected.