Aborting a Child Infected with AIDS

Shaikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states: “I don’t think it is haram (impermissible) for the couple who have been tested positive for AIDS to give birth to children, provided they take all the necessary precautions that are humanly possible to ensure the protection of their child. It is no different from people suffering from other contagious diseases, and just as the latter are allowed to give birth to children, the former are also allowed to do so.
Concerning the question whether one is allowed to abort a child infected with AIDS, it is not allowed according to the consensus of scholars, after one hundred and twenty days from conception. Before this term, the degree of sin intensifies as the pregnancy progresses. During the first forty days it may be considered permissible, but afterwards, it is considered undesirable or sinful if there is no danger to the health of the mother. However, after one hundred and twenty days it is akin to murder.”