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Qadria Muslims back abortion bill with reservations

The Qadria Muslim Ulamah Council is adding its voice to calls for parliament to debate and pass the Termination of Pregnancy bill.Addressing the media in Zomba on Monday, the Islamic organisation stressed that its support for the bill is based on the religion’s teachings and laws.

Flanked by members of the Dawa Association of Malawi and the Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom, the grouping explains that its stance does not mean a blanket acceptance for abortion.

“Islam doesn’t allow any abortions, it allows in conditions, the way my fellow sheikh says, maybe if the life is in danger or maybe the woman had a problem with her pregnancy,” said Shaibu Ajassie, Chairperson of the Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom.

The proposed law seeks to allow termination on selected conditions, which are currently not available in the Penal Code.

It cited probable physical or mental injury to the pregnant woman, serious malformation of the fetus, pregnancy resulting from rape and incest as well as likelihood of loss of life for the woman as reasonable instances to proceed with pregnancy termination.

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