Muslim Intellectual Debunks Pro-Choice Islamic Scholars

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In this episode Muslim intellectual Dr. Javad Hashmi refutes pro-choice arguments made by famous Islamic scholars.

Javad T. Hashmi is a board-certified emergency physician, former Fellow of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a PhD candidate in the Study of Religion (Islamic Studies) at Harvard University. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Hashmi holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies from U.C. Berkeley and Harvard respectively.

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Watch the first episode with Javad:

AltMuslimah: “I am a Muslim Woman and I chose to Have an Abortion”

Dr. Irving in International Journal of Scoiology and Social Policy: “When do Human Beings Begin? ‘Scientific’ Myths and Scientific Facts”

The statistics on why women have abortions was quoted from U.S. Abortion Statistics page, which is quoting the Guttmacher Institute’s 2004 survey of 1,209 post-abortive women (Abort73) (Guttmacher Survey Table – PDF)

Hamza Yusuf: “When Does a Human Fetus Become Human?”

YouTube clip #1: Abortion in Islam | Animation

Dr. Omar Suleiman: Islam and the Abortion Debate:

YouTube clip #2: Islamic Ruling On Abortion due to Medical Reasons

YouTube clip #3: Is Abortion permissible in Islam or not? – Sheikh Assimalhakeem (South Asia article): Abortion and Doctor’s Situation

Islam Question & Answer: Ruling on aborting a pregnancy in the early stages

YouTube clip #4: The Ruling on Abortion | Mufti Abu Layth

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice: Islam and Reproductive Choice

ERI Bodily Rights landing page:

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  • 0:00 Introducing Javad
  • 1:52 Muslim opinion polls on abortion
  • 3:13 Javad’s view vs. how Muslims typically think about abortion
  • 6:14 Josh clarifies Javad’s view
  • 9:45 How science intersects with the abortion debate
  • 10:24 Why women have abortions
  • 12:48 Javad’s more liberal views on women’s rights within Islam
  • 15:39 Wrapping up on statistics
  • 16:41 Another pro-life Muslim scholar
  • 18:01 Introducing YouTube clip #1
  • 19:29 On Muslims believing the soul is breathed into the fetus at 120 days after conception
  • 21:40 Next clip
  • 21:48 On Muslim clerics not permitting abortion for financial reasons
  • 24:43 Next clip
  • 25:00 Muslim leaders sometimes say they are more pro-life than they actually are
  • 26:02 Next clip
  • 26:12 Responding to rape and fetal deformity exceptions
  • 30:26 Next clip
  • 30:52 More essentially pro-choice policies of Muslim clerics
  • 31:31 Different Muslim views of ensoulment
  • 36:38 Dr. Suleiman calls his position “neutral”, but is it really?
  • 38:51 Next clip (including setup)
  • 40:38 On Muslim cleric’s misrepresentation of Catholics on life of the mother exceptions
  • 43:22 On common inconsistencies in Muslim’s views on abortion
  • 45:08 Responding to the viability argument
  • 46:54 Javad on pointing Muslims toward Christian philosophy
  • 47:28 Next clip
  • 47:54 More inconsistency
  • 48:09 Next clip
  • 51:32 This Muslim cleric says that 80 days after conception matters!
  • 54:05 Pro-choice issues from even conservative, traditionalist Muslims in South Asia
  • 55:16 More pro-choice positions from a conservative Muslim website
  • 56:37 Setting up clip from a “bad boy” liberal Muslim making weak pro-choice arguments
  • 57:54 Next clip
  • 1:00:15 Responding to “I’m not going to force my views on others” argument
  • 1:02:06 Responding to “nobody chooses abortion lightly”
  • 1:04:46 Next clip
  • 1:07:43 Responding to the “gradations of life” idea
  • 1:12:48 Quick reviews of other Muslim videos and articles
  • 1:18:13 Bodily autonomy arguments
  • 1:27:34 What caused Javad to begin reconsidering his views on abortion?

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Host: Josh Brahm
Guest: Dr. Javad T. Hashmi
Audio/Video Editor: Chapter One Films & Josh Brahm
Publisher: Jen Westmoreland

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