In spite of having some of the strictest abortion laws in the world, the North African country of Morocco is experiencing massive pro-abortion protests, with thousands of abortion advocates vowing to continue procuring illegal abortions until they are made legal.
Last week, Le Monde, a French newspaper, published a declaration from pro-abortion feminists promising to keep breaking Morocco’s “unfair and obsolete” laws until the country legalizes abortion, according to a report by the Independent.
“We are having sex outside wedlock. We are … being complicit of abortion,” reads the declaration, which had been signed by over 7,000 people, including men.
In Morocco, abortion is illegal except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk due to her pregnancy. Adultery, premarital sex, and homosexuality are also illegal in the nation, where Islam is the state religion.
Abortion activists began protesting the laws with heightened fervor after Hajar Raissouni, a 28-year-old journalist, was arrested recently for allegedly having premarital sex with her fiance and aborting their unborn baby. Raissouni’s fiance and an unnamed doctor were also arrested in connection with the abortion, which Raissouni denies having received.
According to The Independent, abortion activists are leveraging Raissouni’s situation to demand that the nation repeal its strict laws. The declaration, written by author Leila Slimani and filmmaker Sonia Terrab, declares support and solidarity with Raissouni by encouraging other Moroccans to admit that they too have broken the law and aborted their babies.
Terrab described their admissions as “strong and courageous.”
“When a woman empowers herself she empowers everyone around her,” Terrab told The Independent. “I am amazed by how strong and courageous Moroccan women are right now – especially the young ones. We have reached 7,000 signatures and are still going. I am so proud.”
What a sad place we are in today when women are praised for declaring their commitment to murdering their babies, legal or illegal.
Human Rights Watch, an international group that strong-arms abortion-restricting countries into legalizing abortion, also is involved in the situation in Morocco.
Ahmed Benchemsi, a spokesperson for the group, argued that Raissouni is being punished for “private behavior.”
“…By publicising detailed allegations about her sexual and reproductive life, authorities trampled on her right to privacy and apparently sought to smear her reputation,” Benchemsi said.
How sickening it is that a woman’s dubious right to have her baby murdered is smuggled into public acceptance under the guise of “privacy.” Please pray for the precious babies in nations worldwide whose governments are attempting to fulfill their duty in protecting them, and pray that our own leaders would be emboldened to protect the lives of every citizen regardless of age.
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