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

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

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

MOROCCO – Abortion: the reality experienced by women in Morocco

People have the same dream every night. Some have the same song in their heads. Others have memories that come back to them every time they go to certain places. My thing is the cause of women. When I read the paper. When I talk about society in the evening or during a debate. It’s not a job because I’m not paid for it. It is not a fad. Nor is it a hobby. This … Continued

MOROCCO – Health Minister removes misoprostol from pharmacies for six months and a safe abortion advocate is arrested soon after

Mr M Anass Doukkali, current deputy of the Party of Progress and Socialism in Morocco, has been Minister of Health in Morocco since 22 January 2018. He has a background in chemistry and physics, employment, hospital administration and transition to democracy, but no apparent history of knowledge on women’s health issues. On the Ministry’s website a new policy on use of medications has been announced based on “health, development and human rights”. But “les droits … Continued

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