Senegal’s strict abortion laws have prevented a 10-year old rape victim who got pregnant with twins from aborting them.
The case of the girl, who lives in the southern region of Zinguinchor, Senegal, highlights the price women and children are paying for archaic abortion laws in the country.
Fatou Kiné Camara, president of the Senegalese women lawyers’ association, told the Guardian, “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”.
She added, “Senegal’s abortion law is one of the harshest and deadliest in Africa. A doctor or a 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.”
The women lawyers’ association is campaigning for MPs to change the country’s abortion legislation with the African charter on women’s rights.