UAE Proposes to Allow Abortion in Rape, Incest Cases

The United Arab Emirates is planning to bring in major changes in the abortion laws of the country ensure better health for women. The reforms are expected to allow abortions in cases of rape and incest.

As per reports, the Cabinet Resolution No. (44) of 2024 connected to Medical Liability law states that abortion is allowed “if the pregnancy is the result of intercourse with a female against her will, without her consent, or without adequate volition” and “if the person who caused the pregnancy is an ancestor of the woman or one of her mahram [ineligible for marriage] relatives”, reported The National, UAE’s state-owned English-language newspaper.

But the incident of rape or incest has to be reported to the authorities immediately and has to be proven by a report from the Public Prosecution, reported The Nation. The pregnancy has to be terminated within 120 days and the abortion should be free of any medical complications that might put the woman’s life in danger.

The resolution will be applicable for people who have been in the UAE for at least a year.

The resolution will come into effect once it is announced in the UAE’s Official Gazette.

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