24 September 2017
   
BVR row: MDC-T says streets only option left
Hands off Mawarire, US orders Zim govt
Regional approach way to go: Mzila to Mujuru
Chiefs demand say, share in gold mining
MPs: Discard judges’ wigs, Bob’s Rolls Royce
POSB boss says fine with goats as security
Failed Diasporan returns to kill ‘witch’ mum
Floor Goliath Mugabe, Mawarire urges youths
MORE NEWS
Zimpapers PAT up 93pct to $1m, revenue falls
Losses in OK, Dairibord grag ZSE slower
MORE BUSINESS
Kwese TV partners Orange Botswana
Inaugural Zim Jazz festival on Saturday
MORE SHOWBIZ
Dembare on top after trashing Chapungu
Caps United dismiss hosts Hwange 1-0
MORE SPORTS
Currency crisis and the art of deception
Unpacking the Zimbabwean mess
MORE OPINION
 
Angel’s underwear prophecy a new low
G40 Crew now Zim’s Gang of Four?
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 

Angola MPs to vote on 10 years in jail for abortion proposal

17/03/2017 00:00:00
by AP
 
 
RELATED STORIES

ANGOLA's parliament votes next week on a proposal to imprison for up to 10 years women who have abortions and people who perform them, angering the president's daughter and others in the former Portuguese colony.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are urging authorities to allow a protest on Saturday in the capital, Luanda, calling on the country to decriminalise abortion, saying organisers have informed Governor Higinio Carneiro but received no reply.

"We have often seen Angolan police use unnecessary and excessive force against peaceful demonstrators," said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International's regional director for Southern Africa.

The rights groups' statement released on Friday says lawmakers are seeking to replace the country's criminal code that dates to 1886.

The draft code offers no exceptions to the punishments for those who have or perform abortions. Angola's government had proposed exceptions in cases of rape or when the mother's health is in danger, but parliament rejected it, the rights groups said.

Parliament is expected to vote on the criminal code March 23.

Abortion is already illegal in Angola, but the proposed code would change the punishment for it.

The debate over the issue has been vocal in the southern African nation. The president's daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has come out against the proposed punishments, news website Rede Angola reported on Wednesday.

Dos Santos, said to be Africa's richest woman, shared images on her Instagram account that included the phrase "I say no to the criminalisation of women," the website reported.

A spokesperson for Angola's Catholic community, Manuel Imbamba, told the Portuguese news agency Lusa earlier this week that the church regretted the "banalisation" of the issue as protest organisers moved ahead with their plans.

Angola has one of the world's weakest health care systems despite being one of Africa's leading oil producers.

Almost all countries in sub-Saharan Africa allow abortions when the mother is in danger, while 33% allow abortions in cases of rape or incest, the Pew Research Center reported in late 2015.

Only South Africa and Cape Verde allow abortions for any reason, it said.



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker