Iran's parliament has approved a bill that would legalize abortion in certain cases for married women. However, the law would not be valid for unmarried women because extramarital relations in Iran are forbidden The legislation adopted today would allow abortions in the first four months of pregnancy if three doctors agree that the woman's life is in danger or the foetus is mentally or physically handicapped. Both parents must consent to the abortion. The Guardians Council, Iran's hard-line vetting body, still must rule on whether the proposed law is in line with Islamic law and Iran's constitution.. The intent of the legislation is to decrease illegal abortions and reduce the death rate of pregnant women. The performer of an illegal abortion and the mother can be sentenced to between three and 10 years in jail if convicted.