This is surprising. Could Islamic Sharia Law actually save America from a total ban on abortion based on it violating 1st Amendment rights?
There is no complete abortion ban under Sharia Law
While opinions vary over when a pregnancy can be terminated, there is no complete ban on a woman's right to end a pregnancy under Islamic law, experts say ... Under Islamic law, the majority of medieval Muslim scholars allowed women to terminate a pregnancy before 120 days, said Abed Awad, a Rutgers adjunct law professor and national expert in Sharia/Islamic law.
"Scholars in the medieval period looked at the theological conception as the start of life as opposed to a scientific conception as a start of life," Awad said. These scholars, from a theological perspective, came to terms with the idea that a fetus is not ensouled at conception, rather 120 days after the fact, he added.
"For that reason, the termination was not a termination of a life," Awad said.
To Awad, the Texas law constitutes a religious violation of the First Amendment in that it subjects this "moral position of the Christian right and the antiabortion movement" to other communities who don't subscribe to these beliefs.
"This is not only contrary to the Sharia, but it's also in a lot of respects contrary to living in a religious cultural plural society, because if (I were) a Muslim female (and) subscribe(d) to the position of my medieval scholars that I am entitled to terminate my pregnancy ... as long as I terminate it before 120 days, I am not able to exercise my religion in Texas," Awad said.So Islam holds the same standards and allowances for abortion that the Catholic Church did up until 1880.
When the American evangelical/tyrannical right is more draconian than Sharia law, doesn't that mean one has likely gone too far?