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‘Abortion’ centres closed in Niger

Publish date: 03 December 2018
Issue Number: 802
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Policy

Authorities in Niger have ordered the closure of two centres run by the British charity, Marie Stopes International, saying they were illegally performing abortions. This comes just days after the Kenyan Government banned international health organisations from offering any form of abortion services. BBC News reports that Niger passed a law in 2006 specifying that abortions were allowed only if the mother's life was in danger. Women in Niger have an average of more than seven children each, the highest birth rate in the world.

Full BBC News report