ALGERIA – Abortion has not been legalised in Algeria

According to the Algerian Association for Family Planning, there are 8,000 cases of abortion recorded each year in Algeria, of which 200-300 are clandestine. Algeria has remained one of the most restrictive countries in the region as regards abortion. The Penal Code articles 304 to 310, dated 1966 and 1982, criminalise everything from ‘inciting’ someone to have an abortion, e.g. through discourse, posters, publicity, public meetings, groups, or illustrations. Punishment is by various fines and/or … Continued

ALGERIA – The conservatives have won this round

It was not considered a surprise that a bill tabled in the National Popular Assembly (AFN) last November, which aimed to broaden the grounds for legal abortion, failed to pass. This is attributed to a revival of conservatism in the country, confirming the apprehensions of many feminist activists. Three clauses on abortion were tabled as part of the draft law on health and were reviewed by the Commission on Health and Social Affairs of the … Continued

ALGERIA – The government proposes to legalise abortion on three grounds

Article 82 of a government bill on health issues in Algeria proposes to make abortion legal on three grounds: 1) when the equilibrium of the woman, physiologically, psychologically and/or mentally is at great risk. The text is not explicit as to the nature of the loss of equilibrium, but it is thought that it refers to a woman who has been raped and falls pregnant. The second ground is fetal anomaly when the fetus is … Continued

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