Intervention de la Présidente du RFLD sur Al Jazeera

Intervention of our Chairperson Mrs Dossi Sekonou Gloria AGUEH on AL JAZEERA in relation to the Law voted by Benin MPs in relation to the Legalization of Abortion in Benin.

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Benin’s National Assembly adopted two fundamental laws for the protection and emancipation of women in Benin.

These are Law N°2021-11 on special measures for the repression of offences committed on the basis of sex and for the protection of women in the Republic of Benin and the law amending Law N°2021-12 relative to the modification of law N° 2003-04 of mars 3, on sexual health and reproduction.

Benin ratified the Maputo Protocol on the 30th of septembre, 2005.

Under the new text, abortion “can be authorised” within the first three months if it is likely to “aggravate or cause material, educational, professional or moral distress, incompatible with the woman or the unborn child’s interest” (Article 17.2).