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“Outlaws”, the abortion manifesto signed by Leila Slimani and Sonia Terrab 

Written by FDM

” Outlaws”. A shocking title for a crucial question: abortion. To defend this right, two women writers, Leila Slimani and Sonia Terrab, along with other public figures, have taken to social media to sign a powerful manifesto stating that they have broken the country’s “unfair” laws punishing extramarital relations and abortions.

“We are violating unfair and obsolete laws.”  These are the terms that Leila Slimani and Sonia Terrab kick off their manifesto with. They are fighting for the right to abortion in Morocco and sex outside of wedlock on a platform that will certainly make a sensation.

The petition is already signed by a panoply of personalities, men and women, from all walks of life, such as director Meryem Benm’Barek, stylist Fadila El Gadi, author and co-founder editions In All Letters Kenza Sefrioui, or the writers Abdellah Taïa, Mahi Binebine, and Tahar Ben Jelloun.

A powerful and resonant text in which the two women are gutsy with their words and accurately portray reality: ” Every day, every hour, while hiding, behind closed doors, women like me, men like you, conservatives and progressives, public personalities and anonymous citizens from all backgrounds and all regions, we dare and take upon ourselves, enjoy and exist for ourselves, break our chains and ignore the laws. Because of Love.”

In reality,” In 2018, in Morocco, 14 503 people were prosecuted, under Article 490 of the Penal Code, which punishes sexual intercourse outside of wedlock”. And ” every day, in our country, between 600 and 800 unsafe abortions are carried out”.

But, today, it’s time to act as Leila Slimani and Sonia Terrab said. And the two authors call for respect for privacy and everyone’s right to dispose of their own body. In other words, the repeal of article 490 of the Penal Code and thus an evolution for the right to abortion. Because ” it’s not a luxury, it’s not a favor, it’s a necessity. “

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