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‘Letting women decide’: Activists hail Benin abortion vote (Chisom Peter Job, Al Jazeera)

One afternoon in September 2018, Fatima Ismail found out she was pregnant after a friend told her to do a test. Aged 21 and fearful of what people would think, Ismail decided to get an abortion.

“It’s simple, I wasn’t ready for a child, and the father wasn’t either,” she recalled. “I went to the hospital for another test, and after the doctor confirmed that I indeed was pregnant, I asked ‘for a second option’.”

‘Letting women decide’: Activists hail Benin abortion vote | Women’s Rights News | Al Jazeera

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Benin’s parliament votes to legalise abortion (Al Jazeera)

Parliamentarians in Benin have voted to legalise abortion in the West African country, where it was already authorised under very restricted conditions.

Under the new law, passed late on Wednesday, women can terminate a pregnancy within the first three months if it is likely to “aggravate or cause material, educational, professional or moral distress, incompatible with the woman or the unborn child’s interest”.

Benin’s parliament votes to legalise abortion | Women’s Rights News | Al Jazeera