10 NOVEMBER 2021
By Katrin Gänsler, Deutsche Welle (Bonn)
Benin's parliament has voted to legalize abortion in most cases, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so.
Claudia can still remember when her mother forbade her from ever considering an abortion. She was a 16-year-old school student in Cotonou, Benin's economic hub.
"She said: 'If you get pregnant, you have to have the child'. She would never have allowed me to get an abortion," Claudia, who is now 28, told DW.
A new law that allows women in Benin to terminate pregnancy within the first three months has received divided opinion from stakeholders.
Monday, November 01, 2021
By Kamau Maichuhie, Gender Reporter
Benin’s parliament recently voted to legalise abortion. Under the new law, women will be at liberty to terminate their pregnancy within the first three months if it is likely to “aggravate or cause material, educational, professional or moral distress, and be incompatible with her or the unborn child’s interest.
Opinion among various stakeholders is, however, divided over the move.
By Allegresse Sasse
COTONOU, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Benin's parliament has voted to legalise abortion in most circumstances, the health ministry said on Thursday, becoming one of only a handful of African countries to do so.
Abortion was previously legal only in cases of rape or incest, if the mother's life was at risk, or if the unborn child had a particularly serious medical condition.