We need some gender equity here. The Virginia senate is about to pass a bill that will require a woman to have totally unnecessary medical procedure at their cost and inconvenience. If we’re going to do that to women, why not do that to men?
Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell while proposing an amendment to the bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before having and abortion that would require that men get a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before being allowed to take drugs to treat erectile dysfunction.
formerlybarbreyryswells asked: What is your view on abortion? Since it's clearly forbidden in Islam.
First of all, I’d challenge your assumption that abortion is ‘clearly forbidden in Islam’. In Islam, abortion is allowed up to the point that the soul (Ruh) enters the fetus. There are many, many differing opinions on when that is. As scholar Azizah Y. al-Hibri said ”the majority of Muslim scholars permit abortion, although they differ on the stage of fetal development beyond which it becomes prohibited.” Also in Islam, scholars agree that abortion is acceptable when the mother’s life is at risk. As far as abortion in the case of pregnancies as a result of rape there is dissent, but the viewpoint of Egyptian Grand Sheikh Muhammad Sayed Tantawi, who supports abortion in the case of rape, seems most accurate to me. You have to keep in mind that abortion laws by the government have no actual basis in even the most conservative Islamic interpretation; as Abdul Hakim Jackson put it,”while abortion, even during the first trimester, is forbidden according to a minority of jurists, it is not held to be an offense for which there are criminal or even civil sanctions. On this understanding, Muslim-Americans who oppose abortion should assiduously limit their activism to the moral sphere and avoid supporting positions that favor the imposition of criminal or civil sanctions in an area into which Islamic law itself never contemplated injecting these.” I think the idea that Islam forbids abortion unconditionally is more rooted in cultural issues than in actual Islamic writings.
Secondly, my personal view on abortion is centered around reproductive rights and the definition of life I interpret Islam to have given me. The Quaran does not directly address abortion, so I have formed my view around the works of various scholars and what I think is most rational. To me it’s hard to believe that a bundle of cells, even if human-like in physical form, has a soul. Therefore, I support abortion rights without reservation. And as in many parts of feminism, I find that Islam supports me more than it impedes.