Religious leaders thwart abortion rights in Sierra Leone

According to a 2015 World Health Organization report, Sierra Leone has the worst maternal mortality ratio in the world, and complications from unsafe abortion procedures contribute to 10% of these deaths. Due to a draconian abortion law, women have to procure abortion by any means they can find, and many either die from haemorrhage and sepsis or suffer severely damaging physical and psychological consequences. Last year, the country came very close to changing this reality, … Continued

Sierra Leonean President Koroma still won’t sign Safe Abortion Act into law and calls for referendum

To prevent abortion deaths, the country’s Parliament passed the Safe Abortion Act 2015, not only once but twice, which allows abortion on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to 24 weeks in several health-related circumstances. According to the BBC, President Koroma, whose party supported the new law, has recently asked for the issue to be put to a referendum.

Statement: Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice

UN and African experts urge Sierra Leone’s President to save millions of women’s lives by signing the 2015 Safe Abortion Bill GENEVA (28 January 2016) – A group of United Nations and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Commission human rights experts* today urge the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, to sign the 2015 Safe Abortion Bill for it to enter into force without further delay. They warned that reluctance towards the … Continued

STOP PRESS: President Ernest Bai Koroma refuses to sign the abortion bill passed by Parliament in December

STOP PRESS: President Ernest Bai Koroma refuses to sign the abortion bill passed by Parliament in December 6-7 January 2015 This decision followed a meeting with  the Inter Religious Council, which has been opposed to the new law. Anti-abortion lobbying against the law from various quarters seems to have been strong, including from a US Congressman. Koroma said the bill would be sent back to the parliament for reconsideration. According to the  Sierra Leone Telegraph … Continued

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