Feminist activists gathered in Rabat on Wednesday 28 September 2022 to call for a revision of the laws criminalising abortion in Morocco.
The protest came in the wake of the death of a 14-year-old girl who underwent a clandestine abortion in a village in a rural region of the country. A coalition of Moroccan feminist associations, Printemps de la dignité, had reported that “the abortion took place in the home of a young man who sexually exploited the victim.”
In Morocco, abortion is punishable by six months to five years in prison, except when the mother’s health is in danger. The penal code punishes both the woman who performs the abortion (from six months to two years in prison) and the persons who carry out the act (from one to five years in prison). Between 600 and 800 clandestine abortions are performed every day in Morocco, according to associations campaigning for its legalisation.
In 2015, the country engaged in an in-depth debate on the “urgency” of reviewing its legislation in light of clandestine abortions performed every day, sometimes in disastrous health conditions. Since then, no progress has been made.