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The lives and health of women and girls in
Theses changes in the law deprive pregnant women and girls of medical treatment, including therapeutic abortion.
Similarly, a woman or girl who becomes pregnant as a result of being raped is now compelled to carry the pregnancy to term or face criminal prosecution – despite the mental and physical trauma or health risks she may face.
Doctors and nurses have raised serious concerns about the implications of the new law for medical professionals. For example, doctors who intervene to save women and girls whose lives or health are put at risk by obstetric complications may jeopardize their professional careers and face possible imprisonment if treatment results in unintentional miscarriage or harm to the foetus.
Amnesty International calls on
AI Index: AMR 43/009/2009
Date published: 27/07/2009