Monday, December 13, 2021

Benin's New Abortion Law

Benin's parliament has voted to expand abortion access

Before this amendment, a woman could get her pregnancy terminated if the pregnancy would threaten her health or life, in case of foetal malformation, or when the pregnancy was a result of incest or rape. The new law expands this to protect a woman’s education or career.

The new law allows abortion "upon the request of the pregnant woman, voluntary termination of pregnancy can be allowed when the pregnancy is likely to aggravate or cause a situation of material, educational, professional or moral distress incompatible with the interest of the woman and/or the unborn child."

This is notable for several reasons. First, it allows abortion on the basis of socioeconomic status. Second, it is "somewhat groundbreaking"  in the geographic region: 

Benin goes beyond the Maputo Protocol, which has been the policy goal in the region for all the states, to "protect the reproductive rights of women by authorising medical abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest, and where the continued pregnancy endangers the mental and physical health of the mother or the life of the mother or the foetus."

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/gender_law/2021/12/benins-new-abortion-law.html

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