MOROCCO – Supporting access to safe abortion in humanitarian crisis

Humanitarian help has to be adapted to respond to specific needs, including sexual and reproductive health & rights. Humanitarian crises such as conflicts, disease epidemics and natural disasters threaten the safety, security, health, and wellbeing of women and can lead to compromised availability of sexual and reproductive health.

In a natural disaster, chronic vulnerability among women and girls puts them at high risk of unwanted pregnancy by increasing the risk of sexual violence, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Unsafe abortion kills women

Unsafe abortions are one of the main causes of maternal death globally, and the only one that is almost entirely preventable.

In Morocco, safe abortion is omitted for several reasons: restrictive national law, religion, the failure to threat abortion as medical care. Denying one category of medical care to one biological sex — women and girls — is discriminatory and violates the international human rights to treatment. When women are faced with an unwanted pregnancy, health- and/or life-threatening pregnancy, the option of abortion is the ONLY medical service available.

“Domestic law cannot be used as an excuse for non-compliance with international obligations.” (The International Committee of the Red Cross’s Professional Standards for Protection at Work.)

M.A.L.I. as a feminist pro-choice movement of civil disobedience, working for access to abortion, has a strong focus on supporting self-managed abortion in Morocco.