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Abortion: Teen girl’s death in a clandestine abortion following rape, revives the debate

Written by FDM

The Moroccan Outlaws movement organized a day of mourning on Tuesday, September 20, in memory of Meriem, 14, who was raped and died on September 6 following a clandestine abortion. This tragic case revives the debate on the right to abortion.

Following the moving death of this teenager, the Moroccan Outlaws movement called for a mourning day on September 20, and denounced an “unjust system of laws that we all know and under which we live”.

This drama highlights, once again, the danger of clandestine abortions performed in sometimes unsanitary conditions. Even today, voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVG) is punishable by six months to five years in prison. People who practice the act are, in turn, sentenced to one year up to 5 years in prison.

In 2015, Morocco engaged in a debate on the relaxation of its legislation on this subject. An official commission had recommended that abortion become authorized in  “some cases of force majeure”, in particular in the event of rape or serious malformations. But no law has since come to endorse these recommendations, ardently supported by defenders of women’s rights.