Please read. Keep this in mind when our own politicians try to curb and restrict a woman’s right to choose.
June 4, 2012 by Henri Mamarbachi in Other
Hundreds of Moroccan women a day are resorting to backstreet abortions, a leading doctor has estimated, prompting calls for reform in a country where the termination of pregnancies remains illegal.
Campaigners say some of those resorting to illegal abortion are the victims of rape, driven at least in part by the social stigma attached not just to having a child out of wedlock but even having suffered rape.
The victims include girls forced to work as maids and women trapped in forced marriages, they say.
And the voices calling for a repeal of the ban on abortion are growing louder.
A national congress will be held on June 12 in Rabat, under the auspices of the Moroccan Association for the Fight against Clandestine Abortion, headed by Professor Chafik Chraibi.
Deputies and Health Minister El Hossein el Ouardi are expected to attend.
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