MOROCCO – Health Minister removes misoprostol from pharmacies for six months and a safe abortion advocate is arrested soon after

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

MOROCCO – Avortement clandestin: Chafik Chraïbi regrette un projet de loi mort-né

  (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

MOROCCO – “Ta ana bnadem (Wellah)” (Pro- Choice) by filmmaker Hicham Lasri [video]

  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

MOROCCO – Human Rights Council: Morocco says yes to the UPR recommendation on abortion

  The response of Morocco to the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council in Geneva this week contained one surprise. In a document that reached H24info before the formal response on 22 September, it said the government has agreed to 191 recommendations of the UPR, but maintained its reservations on 44 others. There was no change in its support for the death penalty, and no change regarding decriminalisation of … Continued

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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