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The legal issue of abortion in Iran has been the subject of much controversy for many years. Currently abortion is allowed in Iran in a limited scale, only in the event that the pregnancy threatens the life of the pregnant woman. Any other form of abortion is strictly illegal. However, there is widespread violation of the law[1].

In 1978 the abortion was legalized for the first time[2]. In April 2005, the Iranian Parliament approved a new bill easing the conditions by allowing for abortion in certain limited cases, such as if the pregnancy would result in the birth of a child with defects. However, the Council of Guardians, a 12-member clerical body which must approve new legislation passed by the Parliament, rejected the bill a month later.[3] [4][5]

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References

  1. ^ Trends in abortion in Iran: 1994-2002
  2. ^ Eliz Sanasarian. The Women's Rights Movements in Iran, Praeger, New York: 1982, ISBN 0-03-059632-7.
  3. ^ Harrison, Frances. (April 12, 2005). "Iran liberalises laws on abortion." BBC News. Retrieved May 12, 2006.
  4. ^ "Iran's Parliament eases abortion law." (April 13, 2005).The Daily Star. Retrieved May 12, 2006.
  5. ^ "Iran Rejects Easing of Abortion Law." (May 9, 2005). LifeSiteNews.com. Retrieved May 12, 2006.

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