Abortion is soon to be legalized on certain conditions in the North African nation of Morocco.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI met with the country's Justice and Liberties Minister Mustapha Ramid, Endowments Islamic Affairs Minister Ahmed Toufiq and President of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) Driss El Yazami, MAP news agency reported citing a statement issued by the royal household.
During the meeting, the two ministers and the CNDH president presented to the king the results of the extensive consultations they were tasked with regarding the issue of abortion.
The ministers and the CNDH head said these consultations showed that the majority of the people in Morocco favored criminalizing illegal abortion except for some major cases due to serious health, psychological and social repercussions on women, the family, the fetus and the society in whole.
Such cases include when pregnancy endangers the life and health of the mother, when pregnancy is caused by rape or incest, and in case of serious malformations of the fetus or its contraction of incurable illnesses.
Against this background, King Mohammed VI directed minister of justice and liberties and to the minister of health to coordinate and involve specialized doctors to draft an elaborate legal arrangement encompassing the findings of these consultations.