Angola decriminalises abortion in some cases

2017-02-24 21:03

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Luanda - Angola's parliament has approved changes to a colonial-era law and decriminalised abortion in some cases, including for victims of rape.

Under the changes, abortions may be carried out before the sixth month of pregnancy in cases where the mother's life is in danger or if the pregnancy is a result of rape.

But abortion per se remains illegal and can fetch up to three years in jail for the woman and four years for the practitioner.

"Abortion is forbidden, it is a crime in Angola," Justice Minister Rui Mangueira told reporters on Thursday.

But in cases where "the ban has been lifted ... in cases where the life of the mother is in danger."

Angola, a former Portuguese country, is predominantly Christian.

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