The battle over abortion

New law allows women in Benin to terminate pregnancy within the first three months. 

Photo credit: Pool | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Article 26(4) of the 2010 Constitution states that “Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.” 
  • A new report by the Centre for Reproductive Rights, notes the that inclusion of abortion in the 2010 Constitution has turned out to be a rhetorical compromise that was probably never meant for implementation.
  • Many women are afraid of seeking safe and legal abortion for fear of prosecution even in situations where terminated pregnancy is the result of rape.
  • Pastor Ezra Muthama: The Bible teaches that life begins at conception, the foetus is a human life and therefore, entitled to all legal protections accorded to life outside the womb.

Petronila* was only eight years old when Kenyans trooped to various polling stations to cast their votes on a new constitution on the chilly Wednesday morning of August 4, 2010.


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