ALGERIA – The conservatives have won this round

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ALGERIA – The conservatives have won this round
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Apr 6, 2018

It was not considered a surprise that a bill tabled in the National Popular Assembly (AFN) last November, which aimed to broaden the grounds for legal abortion, failed to pass. This is attributed to a revival of conservatism in the country, confirming the apprehensions of many feminist activists. Three clauses on abortion were tabled as part of the draft law on health and were reviewed by the Commission on Health and Social Affairs of the AFN. All three clauses were related to therapeutic abortion.

The only clause that was not rejected was the one that permitted abortion to save the woman’s life. Even if there is an emergency, that clause does not permit one doctor to take the decision alone, and the abortion must take place only in a public hospital, carried out by a gynaecologist. But as Nadia Chouitem, a doctor and member of the Commission says: “A pregnant woman with a medical emergency can lose her life if she lives in a part of the country where there is no gynaecologist in the public hospital, which is common in Algeria. If the emergency occurs at night or at the weekend, or if there is no gynaecologist on duty, death is the risk a woman takes take if she becomes pregnant.”

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ALGERIA – The government proposes to legalise abortion on three grounds

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ALGERIA – The government proposes to legalise abortion on three grounds
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Nov 10, 2017

Article 82 of a government bill on health issues in Algeria proposes to make abortion legal on three grounds: 1) when the equilibrium of the woman, physiologically, psychologically and/or mentally is at great risk. The text is not explicit as to the nature of the loss of equilibrium, but it is thought that it refers to a woman who has been raped and falls pregnant. The second ground is fetal anomaly when the fetus is not viable. The third ground is if the life or the health of the woman is at risk if the pregnancy was to continue. In all three cases, the doctor treating the woman must inform her of the situation and with her consent, undertake all measures dictated by the circumstances.

SOURCE: TSA Algerie, by Achira Mammeri, 5 November 2017
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Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/algeria-the-government-proposes-to-legalise-abortion-on-three-grounds/

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