MOROCCO – National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) calls for abortion law reform following Hajar Raissouni case

In a memorandum to the Government and Parliament of Morocco, the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) is clearly in favour of changing certain provisions of the Moroccan Penal Code, in general making abortion legal on wider grounds but also changing Articles 449 to 452, which call for imprisonment for illegal abortion. The memorandum insists that the law take into account the “psychological and social security” of the woman, as well as the safety of … Continued

MOROCCO – Bill tabled in parliament to remove abortion from the Penal Code

The demand of civil society for the legalisation of abortion has reached the Moroccan Parliament. Two members of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Mme Fatima-Ezzahra Mansouri and Abdellatif Ouahbi, tabled a bill in the House of Representatives on 18 October calling for the repeal of Articles 449 to 458 of the Penal Code, which criminalise abortion. PAM was founded by Fouad Ali El Himma, advisor to King Mohammed VI and a former interior minister, … Continued

EGYPT – Why I collect Egyptian women’s stories of abortion

“Abortion Tales” by Ghadeer Ahmed was first published for 28 September 2017 by the Egyptian group Mada Masr. In this new article, for 28 September in 2019, Ahmed reflects on the journey of collecting women’s stories since then. She says: “I did not decide to gather these stories just to document them, or to shift public opinion on the question of abortion’s legal status in Egypt, and not even to make these women’s voices heard … Continued

MOROCCO – Journalist Hajar Raissouni, her fiancé and clinicians freed by royal pardon

Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni, her fiancé, and the gynaecologist, anaesthetist and medical assistant who treated her, who were all sent to prison on 30 September for “illegal abortion” and sexual relations outside marriage, walked free on 16 October, having been granted a royal pardon by King Mohammed VI. The case had sparked widespread protest and debate on personal and media freedoms in Morocco. For example, in support of Raissouni, a manifesto had been published on … Continued

MOROCCO: SOLIDARITY REQUEST !! Journalist Hajar Raissouni, her fiancé, and medical staff sentenced to prison

Hajar Raissouni, a journalist working for an independent daily newspaper, was arrested on 31 August along with her fiancé, Amin Rifaat, as they left a doctor’s office in Rabat. The doctor and two others working at the clinic were also arrested on suspicion of carrying out an abortion. After her arrest, Raissouni was detained at a police station in Rabat and on 2 September brought before a prosecutor and charged with sex outside of marriage … Continued

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