Pakistan’s Federal Shariat Court, in a landmark ruling, has approved test tube babies in the country while saying that babies can only be made through male sperms and female egg of legitimate married couples only.
A full bench, headed by Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court, Mr. Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan, was hearing the case relating to test tube babies and its acceptance in Islam.
Ruling said that while development of babies can be carried out in an external environment, but both the male and female — used to conceive the baby — will have to be married as per Islamic law.
According to this new ruling, if any partner — male of female — has inability to conceive the pregnancy, then they can not have test tube babies by getting support from third-parties in shape of sperm or female egg.
Court said that all third-party assistance for making test tube babies is not allowed in Islam.
Ruling said that if both the partners are legitimately married to each other then modern machines, medicines and science can be used to make babies even .
Court ruling also asked Government of Pakistan to make legislative changes in the law to incorporate this new ruling that allows test tube babies in certain cases only.
Court said that anyone involved in making babies through test tubes, while not following above defined procedures, will be actually committing a crime.
Order also said that doctors, surrogates, sperm banks and egg banks are also not allowed to operate after this and that any violation should be dealt according to the law.