Today I watched a documentary about abortion and women´s rights in Nicaragua. One of the issues, which was discussed in the program, was the health issues of the women. One woman was seen having an illegal abortion because her cancer, combined with the pregnancy, would bring her life in great danger.
Now, for the most part, the women in the documentary declared that they were religious, they believed in God, but their situations, were they had either been raped or were being put at serious risks because of the pregnancy, made it necessary for them to have an abortion.
What would be an Orthodox position on these cases? On the one hand, the Church views abortion as a sin, but on the other hand, I think it should also be necessary to look at each case individually, something that doesn't seem to take place in many countries, were abortion is illegal.