The Middle East

Islam is the leading religion in the Middle East, but the doctrines affecting women have more than one interpretation, and economic, political and social changes influence how Islam is translated into policies.

The conservative school of Islam (which forbids abortion at any stage of pregnancy) is prevalent in the majority of Arab countries.

In Tunisia and Turkey, abortion is legal under another interpretation of Islam. In Jordan and Egypt, as in the rest of the Arab countries, abortion is illegal (with a few medical exceptions) under the legacy of French and English civil laws, which have undergone little serious revision.