December 2, 2022

Former Prime Minister Saad Eddin El Osmani was implicated in the case of a girl’s death when she aborted a rape fetus, accusing the current government of failing to pass laws legalizing abortion.

Al-Osmani wrote on his Twitter account: “The death of the girl Maryam while undergoing an abortion as a result of rape in unsafe conditions casts doubt on the current government, which has withdrawn a draft criminal law that included provisions to exclude cases such as rape, incest and serious birth defects. development from criminalization”.

Al-Osmani emphasized that cases of allowing abortion “were included in the bill after a national dialogue under the supervision of a special commission and presented before the eyes of His Majesty the King, God bless him. These are the requirements and the license is mentioned in a number of scholars’ fatwas.

On Tuesday, Moroccan social media activists launched a “digital mourning” campaign to publicize the story of an underage Moroccan woman who died during a clandestine abortion while pregnant as a result of rape, calling for a resurgence of debate about legalizing abortion in Morocco. .

The campaign, launched by the Outlaw Association, was a response to the story of 14-year-old Maryam, who died on the night of September 7 after being raped and then had to have an unsafe abortion that resulted in heavy bleeding. The association says Maryam’s abortion, like a number of girls in Morocco, is “because of the unjust laws that we all know and by which we live.”

Controversy is resurfacing in Morocco with every abortion after years of heated public and political debate over the issue, after which King Mohammed VI intervened and ordered in March 2015 the establishment of a committee composed of the Minister of Justice and Freedoms, the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and the President of the National Council Human Rights Commission to initiate consultations to revise the abortion laws in the Kingdom.

After a two-month discussion, the commission came to the conclusion that abortion is allowed in the following cases: when the pregnancy poses a threat to the life of the mother, pregnancy as a result of rape and incest, and also if doctors ascertain the presence of severe congenital malformations and serious diseases that threaten the fetus. The ball went to the government, which ratified the bill in 2016, but the bill remained unchanged.

Over the years, associations have been formed, including the Anti-Substance Abortion Association in Morocco, led by Dr. Chafic Shraibi, and the Outlaws Association, which has organized campaigns and protests in a new attempt to call for the bill to come into force.

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