HM King Allows illegal abortion in Three Cases

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Casablanca- His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, may God assist him, received on Friday at the Royal Palace in Casablanca, Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Liberties, Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and Driss El Yazami, president of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH), said a statement from the Royal Cabinet.

During the hearing, the two ministers and the president of the Council submitted to the High knowledge of His Majesty the King results extensive consultations that the Sovereign had charged to conduct on the issue of abortion, with all stakeholders, the source added.

These actors have welcomed unanimously the royal initiative and consultative approach ordered by His Majesty the King for the development of an objective and wise advice giving priority to the best interests of the family and citizens.

These various consultations showed that the overwhelming majority looks to the criminalization of illegal abortion, with the exception of a few cases because of the suffering it causes and its health impacts, negative psychological and social on Women, family and the fetus and the entire society, including:

First: When pregnancy is a danger to life and health of the mother,

Second: In cases where pregnancy results from rape or incest,

Third: In cases of severe deformities and incurable diseases that could infect the fetus.

On this basis, His Majesty the King, may God preserve him, gave His High instructions to the Minister of Justice and Freedoms and the Minister of Health to coordinate among themselves and they associate medical specialists to translate the findings of these consultations into a draft legal provisions in order to include them in the penal code and submit them to the procedure of adoption, within the framework of respect for the precepts of the holy Islamic religion, while invoke the virtues of Ijtihad, adapting to changes that knows the Moroccan society and its values ​​based on moderation and the opening and taking into account of its unity, its cohesion and its specificities.

Since the law can not, by itself, fight against this phenomenon, His Majesty the King stressed the need for awareness, prevention, dissemination and popularization of scientific knowledge and ethics related to this topic to immunize society against the causes of abortion, the statement said.

The audience was attended by the advisers of His Majesty the King, M. Fouad Ali El Himma and Abdellatif Mennouni and the Minister of Health, Mr. El Hossein El Ouardi.


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