Rwanda: MPs to Harmonise Legislation On Abortion

Parliament has been tasked with the harmonisation of the Abortion Act with Article 14 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, commonly known as the Maputo Protocol.

  • Rwanda:  MPs to Harmonise Legislation On Abortion

    The New Times, 8 June 2012

    Parliament has been tasked with the harmonisation of the Abortion Act with Article 14 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in ... read more »

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  • Rwanda:  Penal Code Is More Than Just the Abortion Clause

    The New Times, 24 May 2012

    Every one seems to be up in arms about article 165 of the draft penal code, which addresses the controversial issue of abortion. The article stipulates that there is no criminal ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Sensitisation On Contraceptive Use to Curb Country's High Abortion Rate

    The New Times, 22 May 2012

    Every year, about 60,000 pregnancies are prematurely terminated in Rwanda. As a result, more sensitisation on contraceptive use has been beefed up in order to curb the dangers ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Rights Group Petition President Over Abortion

    The New Times, 20 May 2012

    The Solidarity for African Women's Rights Coalition (SOAWR), a pan African coalition of 40 organizations in 20 countries, has appealed to President Paul Kagame on safe abortion law ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Conditioned Legalization of Abortion Divides Society

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 15 May 2012

    Rwandan legislature recently approved a bill legalising abortion in cases of rape, forced marriage or incest. The government hails the move as the promotion of women's rights. ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Gov't Did Not Legalise Abortion - Musoni

    News of Rwanda, 28 April 2012

    The minister of cabinet Affairs in the office of the Prime Minister Protais Musoni has come up to clear the air on the highly contagious issue of abortion. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Civil Society Petitions President Over Abortion

    The New Times, 21 April 2012

    Members of the Civil Society have appealed to President Paul Kagame not to sign the draft penal code. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Kagame Meets Religious Leaders

    The New Times, 20 April 2012

    President Kagame yesterday received representatives of Christian churches following their request to meet him over the ongoing debate regarding the abortion clause in the draft ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Parliament Passes 21 Laws

    The New Times, 10 April 2012

    In the last three months, the Chamber of Deputies has passed 21 laws with 13 of them already approved by Senate. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Religious Leaders Call for More Debate On Abortion

    The New Times, 10 April 2012

    Parliament should consider public opinion before making any amendments on abortion legislation, religious leaders have said. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Mixed Reactions As Legislation On Abortion Goes to Senate

    The New Times, 9 April 2012

    Following the approval of the draft penal code by the Chamber of Deputies, last Wednesday, the section on abortion, which is part of the legislation, has triggered debate. read more »

  • Rwanda:  MPs Agree On Abortion

    The New Times, 5 April 2012

    Members of the Chamber of Deputies, yesterday, passed the draft Penal Code, with the majority voting in favour of an article that permits abortion under special circumstances. read more »

  • Rwanda:  Proposal to Legalize Abortion Sent to Parliament for Approval

    Rwanda Focus, 26 March 2012

    A proposal to legalize abortion in specific circumstances has been sent to parliament for approval. This is likely to generate heated debate among the public (and lawmakers) since ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Unsafe Abortion Poses Serious Threat to Women's Health (press release)

    The Guttmacher Institute, 26 March 2012

    The first national estimates of abortion incidence in Rwanda show that one in 40 women aged 15-44 had an abortion in 2009 and that virtually all of these abortions were clandestine ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Locals Debate Abortion - Let Women Also Have Their Say

    The New Times, 27 March 2012

    Abortion is an emotive issue anywhere in the world. Few discussions about abortion are ever moderate. They often draw the most extreme, passionate, distorted and even unreasoned ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  Sober Debate on Abortion Timely, Safe Sex Vital

    The New Times, 25 March 2012

    The debate on whether to legalise abortion has gained momentum following a recent study by the Ministry of Health and other partners, which showed that the national abortion rate ... read more »

  • Rwanda:  60,000 Abortions Performed in the Country Annually - Study

    The New Times, 24 March 2012

    About 60,000 pregnancies are terminated in Rwanda every year, the majority of which are unsafe, with 40 per cent leading to complications that require treatment. read more »