Religious Fundamentalism and Access to Safe Abortion Services in Morocco

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).

Limited grounds for abortion permitted in draft of revised penal code in Morocco

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.

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