Saudi Arabia: Abortionists to Face Lashing, Prison, Deportation

Two Filipina women who allegedly provided abortions in the western city of Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, have been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and deportation.

The women, who were not identified by the Saudi al-Iktisadiyeh newspaper, were found to have “abortion tools” in their house. Court President Sheikh Hussein al-Hikmi told the newspaper that officials found evidence that the women had been performing first trimester abortions for a fee for three years.

Abortion is banned by Islamic law except in instances where a pregnancy seriously threatens a pregnant woman’s life.


UPI - May 9, 1999

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