In Côte d’Ivoire, safe abortion is only legal following rape and in case of risk to the life of the woman. Moreover, the woman must request an abortion and the attending physician or surgeon must seek the advice of up to two consulting physicians, who, after examination, attest that her life can only be saved by this intervention. Honorine Adou Secreoua, president of Action against Unwanted and At-Risk Pregnancies (AGnDR) has called on the State to harmonise its law with Article 14.2c of the Maputo Protocol, which allows for legal abortion on wider grounds. AGnDR, set up in February 2019 in response to the high ratio of maternal deaths in the country, is a sub-group of 29 organisations who form the Civil Society Coalition for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (CSCSR/PF). They are fighting for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, in accordance with the Maputo Protocol more broadly.
Dr Sosthène Dougrou, regional director for Francophone Africa of Ipas, has expressed fears of an increase in unwanted pregnancies in Côte d’Ivoire in view of the drop in usage of sexual and reproductive health services for contraception during the Covid-19 pandemic. He was speaking during a meeting in Abidjan of a group of civil society organisations, whose aim was to create a community partnership to urge the government to implement the Maputo Protocol. He said … Continued
In Côte d’Ivoire, it was announced on 21 February 2020 by Honorine Adou, President of Action Against Unwanted and At-Risk Pregnancy (AGnDR) that the law now authorises abortion of pregnancies resulting from rape. AGnDR is a part of a larger coalition of civil society organisations, the Civil Society Coalition for Reproductive Health and Family Planning, created in February 2019, who are working to reduce maternal mortality. They recently organised a three-day workshop that brought together … Continued
On 19 June 2019, in Ouangolodougou, the Ivorian Association for Family Welfare (AIBEF) presented a plea for the legalisation of abortion in order to promote the free access of the people to quality of care in the respect of sexual rights without discrimination. AIBEF’s executive director, Dr Allo Richard, said that the high mortality rate among pregnant women is due to unsafe abortions. He called for legalising abortion to allow all women without exception to … Continued
A report on school pregnancies in Côte d’Ivoire for the 2018 period produced by the Daoukro National Directorate of Education and Technical Education (DRENET) revealed 230 recorded pregnancies. In 2017, the number of pregnancies recorded was 149. In total, 379 pregnancies occurred during 2017-2018. “What is alarming is that the city of Ouélé composed of three secondary schools alone accounts for 102 cases of pregnancy,” said Samuel Koffi Kouadio, head of Department of Public Secondary … Continued