Morocco Eases Restrictions On Abortion

Morocco Eases Restrictions On Abortion

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Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- The Moroccan penal code will include soon a new chapter to legalize abortion in certain instances, namely in cases where pregnancy constitutes a danger on the life of the mother, fetal defects, and when pregnancy comes as a result of incest or rape.

A commission designated one month ago by King Mohammed VI of Morocco to study the proposal, which included the Moroccan Minister of Justice and Liberties, Mustapha Ramid, the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Endowement, Mr Ahmed Taoufiq, and the president of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), Driss El Yazami presented yesterday before the Moroccan monarch their findings, with this latter giving the green light to include the proposals in the Moroccan penal code, before submit them for adoption.

It is worth reminding that clandestine abortion is rife among Moroccans, with non official figures estimating 800 clandestine abortions performed in the kingdom on a daily basis.

According to Dr. Chraibi, the gynecologist who sparked the abortion debate in Morocco following a featuring in the well-known French investigative show “Envoyé spécial,” the newly extended laws on abortion only constitute from 5 to 10% of all clandestine abortion cases in Morocco.

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