Iran’s Parliament Approves Draft of Abortion Bill

Iran’s parliament on Tuesday approved a draft of a bill to legalize abortion in the first four months of pregnancy. According to the bill, an abortion can be performed only when the woman’s life is in danger and/or when the fetus is malformed. According to Iran’s Payyand News, a woman will also need the consent of both parents to receive an abortion.

Another parliamentary vote is still required on the draft of the bill before it is made into law. In addition, Iran’s conservative Guardian Council also has to approve the bill, as it does all legislation, before it can be made law.

Abortion has been illegal on most grounds in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Associated Press 7/21/04; Payyand 7/20/04; The Miami Herald 7/21/04

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