Morocco: “My life is ruined”: The need to decriminalize abortion in Morocco

The criminalization of abortion in Morocco has devastating consequences for women and girls. The threat of imprisonment creates a climate of fear, driving women and girls to resort to dangerous methods to end unwanted pregnancies, including those resulting from rape. These methods, which often traumatize and maim women and girls, frequently fail. In a country where sexual relations outside of marriage is also criminalized, these women and girls are effectively forced to carry the pregnancy to term, exposing them to prosecution, ostracism and destitution while enduring the painful consequences of failed abortion attempts.

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