Minors and birth control in Islam

Q. Can a minor be given birth control? Can a Muslim doctor ethically (under the rules of Islamic ethics) prescribe it to a minor? (one who is under 18) (Utah State  medical  student)

Answer:

If the minor is married according to the state and Islamic laws, and it would be legal to prescribe such medication, then it would be allowed.

If the minor is using such measures to regulate an aspect of her health and is prescribed by the doctor for such purposes, she would be allowed to use ‘birth control pills.’ This would apply so long as an alternative does not exist.

Under general circumstances, a woman should not be prescribed knowingly for the purposes of premarital relations. Should there be no adverse consequences for the Muslim doctors, doctors should hand such cases to  non-Muslim doctors.

Allah Certainly Knows Best.

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