Morocco: after Meriem drama, government under pressure to reform abortion

The death of a 15 -year -old adolescent girl during a clandestine abortion restarts the debate for a relaxation of the legislation on the voluntary termination of pregnancy.


How many Meriem will it be still? How many victims of clandestine abortions before Morocco confirms a relaxation of its repressive legislation in matters of voluntary pregnancy interruption (IVG)? While a reform has been long in coming for seven years, the drama of this 15 -year -old teenager in a village near Midelt, in the center of the country, has rekindled the debate and puts pressure on the government to rise to ‘Engage in favor of more protective laws of women.

Few elements, for the time being, have been reported on this case, while an investigation is underway. Meriem died on the night of September 6 to 7, according to the local press, following a clandestine abortion operation, in a country where abortion is prohibited, except in the event of the mother’s health. She is liable from six months to two years in prison for the woman who aborts, up to five years for the doctors who practice her.

Meriem was “sexually exploited” by a man. It was at the latter’s home that surgery would have taken place, in the presence of a “midwife” and a “technician”, as reported by the spring of dignity, a coalition of twenty -Cinq Moroccan associations for the defense of women’s rights. Four people were arrested, including the mother’s mother, according to the public channel 2m.

“This story upsets us, revolts us, underlines Fouzia Yassine, coalition coordinator. If Meriem had been able to have an abortion in the hospital in adequate sanitary conditions, this drama would never occur. What do we wait to change The law? “

from 600 to 800 illegal abortions per day

More virulent, the gynecologist Chafik Chraïbi, founder of the Moroccan Association for the Fight against Clandestine Abortion (AMLAC) and long -standing militant of the cause, points to the responsibility of political decision -makers: “I accuse them of being Responsible for the death of this young girl as of all the victims of clandestine abortion, he denounces. The drama of Meriem is unfortunately one more drama, he continues. We must also speak of the suicides of young women who undergo unwanted pregnancies, of those who are rejected by their families, honor crimes, infanticides, doctors implicated or imprisoned … It is a whole cascade of consequences that occurs in relation to the ban on abortioning . “

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