The Ministry of Health of Uganda has continued to consult on the issue of abortion law reform legislation and is expected to present a draft bill in Parliament shortly.
“Abortion is a fact of life. It is estimated that over 300,000 illegal abortions are being performed in the country every year. With a maternal mortality ratio of 438 per 100,000 live births, more than a quarter (26 per cent) of these deaths is attributed to unsafe abortions; decriminalizing access to safe and legal abortion services in Uganda is key to reducing unnecessary deaths.”
“My name is Sarah. I’ve been a midwife for 20 years. You might not like what I’m about to say but it is my job to talk about it… For too long, I’ve kept silent about Uganda’s crisis of unsafe abortion…”
African Commission calls on Uganda to ensure the right to legal abortion and reproductive health services. The regional bodies charged with ensuring African states comply with their human rights commitments calls for Uganda to implement the Maputo Protocol, which explicitly guarantees the right to legal abortion in particular circumstances.