ISRAEL – How a religious anti-abortion group obtained confidential information on women seeking abortions

It apparently started when a staff member at an abortion clinic contacted a religious organisation with a guilty conscience about her work. This person is alleged to have supplied the religious organisation with names and phone numbers of women who had phoned the clinic to ask about having an abortion. The story was uncovered when one woman received a phone call from someone in the organisation, who tried to talk her out of having an … Continued

TUNISIA – Continuing lockdown for mothers to be revised after outcry

Since 22 March, there has been a strict lockdown for everyone in Tunisia. On the morning of the 3rd of May, an official decree announced that the lockdown would be partially lifted, but that certain groups had to remain isolated at home, including those aged 65 and over, those with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 15. There was a public outcry, calling the decree patriarchal and unacceptable. A … Continued

TUNISIA – General Recommendations on the Continuity of Essential Care during the Covid-19 Period

These recommendations, comprising one page and listing a wide range of essential health care services, were published by the Ministry of Health of Tunisia on 24 April 2020, co-signed by the WHO and UNFPA Tunisian country offices. The list includes “access to contraception, including emergency contraception, and abortion, including medical abortion”. It was developed in response to the petition “Urgent Call to the Public Authorities to Ensure the Continuity of Access to Services for Sexual and Reproductive Health”, … Continued

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

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