Country hails ‘monumental step’ towards expanding reproductive rights at a time when the US has overturned them
Emmanuel Akinwotu, west Africa correspondent
Wed 6 Jul 2022
Ministers in Sierra Leone have taken a major step towards decriminalising abortion and overturning the country’s colonial-era law, in a move hailed by campaigners and women’s rights activists.
President Julius Maada Bio said his cabinet had unanimously backed a bill on risk-free motherhood, which would expand access to abortion in a country where terminations are only permitted when a mother’s life is at risk.