There is polarizing and sensitive debate swirling around the legalization of abortion in Morocco, a modern Muslim country where women’s rights have been significantly advanced within the last decade.
As “the commander of the believers,” King Mohammed VI recently opened a consultation around legalizing abortion by commissioning the National Human Rights Council, the minister of justice and freedoms, and the minister of Habous and Islamic affairs to develop an abortion law. A report is expected in mid-May.
Young Moroccan women are concerned about stigmatization. “Our society is very judgmental. I think it’s about time we asked ourselves how to help instead of being critical,” said Hind, a 17-year-old high school student in Casablanca.