Abortion is condemned by all world religions, including Islam. Islam goes to great lengths to protect the sanctity of all human life and views the practice of abortion as tantamount to taking the life of another human being. However, under the condition that a mother’s life or health being is jeopardized by giving birth, Islam grants greater right to the mother and abortion is permissible. However, the Holy Quran forbids abortions due to a fear of financial strain. In chapter 17, verse 32, God says:
“Kill not your children for fear of poverty. It is We Who provide for them and for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin.”
Reducing the honourable process of reproduction to an economic choice nullifies one of the main purposes of the institution of marriage and is against the spirit of Islamic teachings.