Mr M Anass Doukkali, current deputy of the Party of Progress and Socialism in Morocco, has been Minister of Health in Morocco since 22 January 2018. He has a background in chemistry and physics, employment, hospital administration and transition to democracy, but no apparent history of knowledge on women’s health issues. On the Ministry’s website a new policy on use of medications has been announced based on “health, development and human rights”. But “les droits … Continued
On International Women’s Day, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) launched the online version of their publication #OurStoriesOurselves!, which contains stories of women’s experiences of pregnancy, abortion, the consequences of sex, child marriage and more. In addition to the stories of women themselves, the webpage includes podcasts, a photo gallery and images of hand-written journals by women that form the basis of the publication. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories … Continued
(Clandestine abortion: Chafik Chraïbi regrets that law reform seems stillborn) Chafik Chraïbi, president of the Association marocaine de lutte contre l’avortement clandestin (AMLAC, Moroccan Association of Struggle against Clandestine Abortion), an obstetrician-gynaecologist who has been campaigning for many years for the government to extend access to safe abortion, seems to be losing hope that anything will ever change. But he refuses to stop his fight for the law reform that was agreed in June … Continued
VIDEO: in Arabic, with English subtitles Pour le 25 novembre, la deuxième vidéo “Ta ana bnadem (Wellah)” de Hicham Lasri se penche sur l’avortement (For 25 November, this second video by Hicham Lasri raises the issue of abortion) Après avoir dévoilé hier sur YouTube et les réseaux sociaux la première des 3 vidéos pensées et réalisées pour marquer le 25 novembre, journée internationale contre les violences faites aux femmes, le cinéaste Hicham Lasri … Continued
28 Septembre : Journée Internationale du Droit à l’Avortement En plus de porter atteinte au droit à la santé et à la vie des femmes en annihilant leur droit à disposer de leurs corps, le Maroc a fait le choix d’infliger des sanctions pénales aux femmes qui ont recours à ces interventions et au personnel de santé qui les pratiquent. Ces articles de lois qui poussent les femmes à avorter dans la clandestinité sont … Continued
Abortion is largely prohibited in Morocco, as is pre-marital sex, which is illegal under the Criminal Code. Abortion is only allowed to save the life of the mother, with spousal consent. In May 2015, Morocco initiated a reform process by a directive of the King, to expand legal protections for women opting for abortion. The decision could help improve access to services, although even if the law is implemented adequately, it will continue to leave unmarried women out of the equation (Sousanne 2015).
The draft reform of the Penal Code, presented on 26 May to the government, contains new provisions on abortion, which will be allowed in three cases. The first permits abortion up to 90 days of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The bill must still go to Parliament, be discussed in committee and then voted on in plenary, once finalised.