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06 September, 2006

UAE legalises abortion

Another sign of progress: the UAE is finally legalising abortion:

"Abortion will be allowed in the country but under tough conditions,” said Dr Ali bin Shukar, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Health (MoH). “Applicants must have valid reasons."

He said his ministry has broadly reached a consensus with the Ministry of Justice and General Awqaf Authority to sanction abortion.

This will be a comfort to women who currently have to travel overseas to countries such as Egypt for terminations. Islam has always been quite progressive on abortion, with nearly all schools of law allowing it for situations of real need, such as endangerment to the mother's life.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another sign of progress: the UAE is finally legalising abortion:

hmmm... progress? really?!?

06 September, 2006 11:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another sign of rapid progress, MARG wants a revolution in the Middle East.

06 September, 2006 11:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous you have got to be kidding, whether or not you agree with abortion (and i'm more than happy to have that debate) you have to agree that a blanket ban including situations where the mother's life is in danger is something from the dark ages. Come on. It is 100% progress, and well done the UAE for taking that step.

06 September, 2006 11:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and apologies for being anonymous as well, for some reason blogger hated me just then and refused to let me post under my name.

06 September, 2006 11:46  
Blogger secretdubai said...

ap - could it be a Blogger beta issue? I know it's causing various problems at the moment. Eg Beta users can't join old-style communities yet.

06 September, 2006 12:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why did Nakheel stop open access to their promotional videos?

Prospective buyers have to go and register there to watch them.


06 September, 2006 16:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off the subject galadari has lost the case , is out of Khakeej times

06 September, 2006 20:34  
Blogger secretdubai said...

"off the subject galadari has lost the case , is out of Khakeej times"

Can you explain more?

06 September, 2006 21:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"off the subject galadari has lost the case , is out of Khakeej times"

you must be joking. galadari is out of KT,,,, WHAT?

07 September, 2006 04:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

General comment/question. I've noticed on my past several visits that the layout of your site has changed. The column on the right overlaps the blog (centre) covering some words. Can anything be done or is this courtesy of Etisalat?

07 September, 2006 08:44  
Blogger SIN said...

Abortion was always allowed in Dubai...before you gasp and was legal for those who were pregnant, with the foetus diagnosed with thalassemia major.
The old DOHMS site had it removed, but some of the old brochures carried that line but due to it being misused, the line was taken off.
And off subject: What do you mean Anon 20.34 that MadMan is out of KT? He owns it...unless he lost the case... Plz explain yourself.

07 September, 2006 11:03  
Blogger SIN said...

OMG! That is what you have bad. But there's nothing in the papers. are u sure?

07 September, 2006 11:04  
Blogger rummyjohn said...


khaleejtimes online is no longer online....

07 September, 2006 16:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well ap, sd, etc. abortion can be viewed in many ways, healh wise for women, etc. but all in all, abortion is still murder... and it is not what you say it is, 'progress'... well women, guess what, you can sleep around and get pregnant.. oh dont you worry about the baby... UAE has allowed you to abort that little shit... and hey! forget the 'after morning' pill you get for aed 1000.. just sleep around and you can kill baby now in the UAE...

07 September, 2006 16:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very good news, and definitely a sign of progress. More steps like this would go a long way in showing people from the Far West (read 'Americans') that we aren't scimitar-wielding morons who chop off hands for stealing apples.

07 September, 2006 20:16  
Blogger Vikram said...

Well at least the morning after pill costs only Dhs. 150 (£25) in UK.... and now you do not even need a prescription to get them in the US anymore.

God bless Dubai for letting us knock around freely. Just cannot wait till the day all the Islamic environment and laws are transitioned out one by one to adhere to reforming times.

07 September, 2006 21:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret Dubai, I am glad to see positive stories on your blog too. Thanks alot :-)

08 September, 2006 02:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the latest on this Galadari rumor? Anyone??

09 September, 2006 09:56  
Blogger CG said...

Abortion has always been legal here as long as the foetus was not compatible with life (like no brain etc) or if the mothers health is at serious risk.

The only other way to get one would be to go to the hospital as soon as you have missed your monthly, so you would be approx 4 weeks pregnant and to set your LMP date back 6 weeks, when they do a scan they will find no heartbeat.....pronounce it a non-viable pregnancy (they will assume you should be 10 weeks) and the job gets done. I know 2 people who have manged that one.

10 September, 2006 22:43  
Blogger * said...

"Applicants must have valid reasons."

Is PREGNANCY a valid enough reason?

10 September, 2006 23:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The idea that this is progress is laughable. It is a barbarism of an ancient world that would have been phased out long ago were it not tagged on the back of the popular womens rights movement as an afterthought with arguments that even the most ardent of pro-choicers do not listen to when they are applied to any other situation bar abortion.

Child abuse being ok because it is your child is an outdated argument, and when child abuse laws were tightened that was progress. This is taking that argument all over again and saying "Maybe this time it's ok".

12 September, 2006 15:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I know abortion has always been legalised under circumstances but that doesnt include the women changing her mood not wanting a baby.

12 September, 2006 19:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's SD gone?

13 September, 2006 08:57  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Where's SD gone?

Right here right now. And for the record, I'm a 100% pro-choicer.

13 September, 2006 09:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, firefox was giving me your page from the cache. So I was not getting your recent posts. btw, I had subscribed to you, but I haven't got a any post in my inbox.
- Anon @08:57

13 September, 2006 14:20  
Blogger secretdubai said...

btw, I had subscribed to you, but I haven't got a any post in my inbox.

The post subscription is the one in the left hand column, and they come from Feedblitz (so maybe your spam filter is eating them?)

The subscription in the right hand column is for a new (and so far really dreadful) publication that I haven't released yet.

13 September, 2006 15:55  

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