CÔTE D’IVOIRE – The fight against clandestine abortions advances

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

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – AIBEF director pleads for legalisation of abortion without exception to prevent high mortality rate

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

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Pregnancy in schools: the case of the city of Ouélé is alarming, reports AIBEF

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

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Ivoire Soir.net publishes an exclusive story: text of a draft bill on sexual and reproductive health, including abortion

Background Under the Penal Code of Côte d’Ivoire, Law No. 81-640, 31 July 1981, abortion is prohibited except to save the life of the pregnant woman, if it is seriously endangered. Although this implies that it is an emergency situation, the attending physician must consult two additional physicians, who must certify that her life can only be saved by a surgical/therapeutic abortion. If only one other physician resides in the local area, the attending physician … Continued

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