It was a lost battle for the human rights campaigners in Senegal in a bid to secure a legal route to abortion using the case of a 10-year-old girl pregnant with twins after she was raped by a neighbor.
The raped victim’s refused abortion highlights the heavy cost women and female children pay as a result of a Napoleonic law on abortion that is still in force in the former French colony.
Speaking on the case of the pregnant little girl, president of the Senegalese women lawyers’ association says, ”She is going to have to go through with the pregnancy,the best we can do is keep up pressure on the authorities to ensure the girl gets regular scans and free medical care.”
The Guardian reports:
“Senegal’s abortion law is one of the harshest and deadliest in Africa. A doctor or pharmacist found guilty of having a role in a termination faces being struck off. A woman found guilty of abortion can be jailed for up to 10 years.”
Forty women were held in custody in Senegal on charges linked to the crimes of abortion