African Commission calls on Uganda to ensure the right to legal abortion and access to reproductive health services

The government of Uganda should stop impeding access to safe abortion and reproductive health services, according to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights – a regional body charged with ensuring African states comply with their human rights obligations under regional and international human rights treaties.The African Commission’s recommendations call for Uganda to implement the Maputo Protocol – the only treaty, at both the international and regional levels, that explicitly guarantees the right to legal abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest, and where the continued pregnancy endangers the mental and physical health or life of the woman or in cases of fatal fetal impairments.Approximately 85,000 women each year in Uganda receive treatment for complications from unsafe abortion and an additional 65,000 women experience complications but do not seek medical treatment.