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

TURKEY – Health professionals slam government demand for names of women who have had abortions as part of “terror investigations”

Istanbul’s Provincial Directorate of Security has demanded the names of all the women who had abortions in Istanbul between January 2017 and May 2019 as part of “terror investigations” by September 13. The letter was sent to every public and private hospital across the city. They also demanded the names of all women aged 30-40 treated for polycystic ovary syndrome. They claimed the information was necessary as part of ongoing investigations into membership of armed … Continued

SOLIDARITY REQUEST: MOROCCO – Moroccan journalist arrested for abortion and sex outside marriage

Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist, age 28, was arrested by six undercover officers along with her fiancé leaving a gynaecologists’ office on 31 August after being accused of “sex outside marriage” and “consenting to have an abortion”, according to Amnesty MENA region. Other media reported she was accused of actually having had an “illegal abortion”, which both she and the doctor deny. The doctor and two of his staff, and anaesthetist and medical assistant who … Continued

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