MADAGASCAR – Seven boys and seven girls?: A response to Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha
Jan 16, 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
During the debate in the Malagasy Parliament on 13 December 2017, referring to the abortion clauses in the new family planning law, Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha said: “Abortion is not consistent with Malagasy culture. Our blessings encourage even young married women to give birth to seven girls and seven boys.” This is a response to the Senator from Richard J Randriamandrato, special advisor to the President of the Malagasy Senate since February 2016, published in L’Express on 3 January 2018:
The adoption by the Parliament of the Law on Reproductive Health and Family Planning is good news. An important step in the field of public health has been taken. This law will allow State and non-State actors involved in the field to strengthen the education of families, and particularly of young girls and boys, to avoid unwanted pregnancies. We therefore welcome this advance, which can be credited to the Minister of Public Health, Professor Lalatiana Andriamanarivo, a world renowned paediatric surgeon who had the courage to defend the bill as early as June 2017.