If you are a woman living in the Middle East, such as the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, or Bahrain, you are undoubtedly aware of how difficult it is for women to obtain safe and legal abortion services due to strict abortion laws.
Abortion law in Dubai
According to the UAE law, it is a crime to abort a pregnancy unless:
it endangers the woman’s life orthere is evidence that the baby will be born with fatal deformities and will not survive.
The fetus must be aborted before it is 120 days old. Which is during the 17th week of the pregnancy and one week into the second trimester. The abortion must be approved by an authorized medical board. Abortion of a fetus after 120 days of pregnancy is not permitted.
Consequences of illegal abortion
A potential punishment of five years in prison awaits anyone who wilfully aborts a pregnant woman by giving her medication or by any other procedure that results in abortion. If the crime is committed without her consent, she …