Is it permissible to abort a fetus for the sake of the life of the mother?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from United States, in:
Religious Authority: 
Main Khalid al-Qudah
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Is it permissible to abort a fetus for the sake of the life of the mother?
As long as she is forty-two days into the pregnancy, the spirit may already have been blown into the baby. Thus, it would be haram (forbidden) to get rid of it through abortion. It would be considered intentional murder, one of the major sins.
An exception to this would be if continuation of the pregnancy posed a real threat to the life of the mother, which would require the testimony of medical professionals and specialists. Only under these circumstances would it be permissible to terminate the pregnancy after the soul has been blown in.