AFP 2012-06-12 14:50:37
The vice president of the Moroccan Parliament Khadija Rouissi (C) speaks on June 12, 2012 during the opening in Rabat of a national congress of the Moroccan Association for the Fight against Clandestine Abortion as Moroccan deputy Nezha Skalli (L) and the president of the National Council on Human Rights Driss El Yazami (R) listen. Hundreds of Moroccan women a day are resorting to backstreet abortions, the head of the Moroccan Association for the Fight against Clandestine Abortion, Professor Chafik Chraibi, has estimated, prompting calls for reform in a country where the termination of pregnancies remains illegal. Campaigners say some of those resorting to illegal abortion are the victims of rape, driven at least in part by the social stigma attached not just to having a child out of wedlock but even having suffered rape. The victims include girls forced to work as maids and women trapped in forced marriages, they say.
AFP PHOTO / ABDELHAK SENNA