The availability of safe abortions depends not only on permissive legislation but also on political support and the ability of health professionals to provide it. If restrictions on accessing abortion services continue, the country will again be faced with an increase in women seeking abortions in unsafe conditions, resulting in increases in maternal morbidity and mortality.
The vast majority of state hospitals only provide abortions in the narrow context of a medical necessity, and thus are not implementing the law to its full extent. It is clear that although no new legislation restricting abortion has been enacted, state hospitals are reducing the provision of abortion services without restriction as to reason.
Abortion is largely prohibited in Morocco, as is pre-marital sex, which is illegal under the Criminal Code. Abortion is only allowed to save the life of the mother, with spousal consent. In May 2015, Morocco initiated a reform process by a directive of the King, to expand legal protections for women opting for abortion. The decision could help improve access to services, although even if the law is implemented adequately, it will continue to leave unmarried women out of the equation (Sousanne 2015).
Both doctors and women are calling for a change in the abortion law of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to allow abortions beyond the current 120-day legal limit on grounds of fetal anomaly because most scans to detect any problems take place after 20 weeks of pregnancy (or 150-160 days). Dr Sameh Azzazy, obstetrician-gynaecologist at Welcare Hospital in Dubai says there should be no hard and fast cut-off date for terminations in cases of severe fetal anomaly but these should be looked at on a case-by-case basis and referred to a committee, that could include a religious scholar.
The current study aims to address this research lacuna and reveal the experience of Israeli fathers whose fetuses underwent feticide due to a severe abnormality. Seventeen interviews with men who experienced the feticide of their fetuses were carried out. The results indicate that men’s experiences in this arena are socially constructed and limited by gender roles and expectations.