King Mohammed VI Continues Consultations To Reform Abortion Laws

2015-05-18 19:29:10 (GMT) ( - Press Release World News News)

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A statement issued by the Royal Palace announced that as Commander of the Faithful, HM King Mohammed VI, received on Friday, May 15, in the Royal Palace of Casablanca, Justice and Liberties Minister, Mustapha Ramid, Endowments and Islamic Affairs Minister, Ahmed Toufiq and President of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) Driss El Yazami. 


During the audience, the two ministers and the CNDH President presented to HM the King the results of the extensive consultations that the Sovereign tasked them with in regard to the issue of abortion. 


The actors in the extensive consultations unanimously commended the Royal initiative and the consultative approach instructed by the Sovereign to achieve an objective and wise opinion that gives priority to the supreme interest of family and citizens.


These different consultations showed that the majority are in favor of reforming abortion laws so that it is no longer criminal to conduct abortion in cases serious health, psychological and social repercussions on women, the family, the fetus and society. Such cases include:

Firstly: When pregnancy endangers the life and health of the mother, Secondly: In cases where pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, Thirdly: In case of serious malformations of the fetus or its contraction of incurable illnesses.


Against this background, HM the King gave high instructions to the Minister of Justice and Liberties and to the Minister of Health to coordinate and involve specialized doctors in order to elaborate a legal arrangement draft encompassing the findings of these consultations. The aim is to include this document in the penal code and submit it for adoption in full respect of the precepts of Islam and the values of moderation and openness of Moroccan society.

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