Makerere Dons Sue Government Over Abortion Rights

Two Makerere University law dons have dragged government to the Constitutional Court for its failure to formulate laws legalizing abortions.

The two applicants are Prof. Ben Twinomugisha and Dr. Rose Nakayi who are joined by civil  society health rights advocate ; Center for Human Rights and Development (CEHURD)

These want court to issue an order directing the Executive and Parliament to pass a law regulating termination of pregnancies so as to reduce the maternal mortality rate rising out of unsafe abortions.

The lecturers contend that the existing legislation has a lot to be desired because it only permits abortion in exceptional circumstances such as in a period when the mother’s life is at risk thus ignoring young girls and married women who may get unwanted pregnancies and are forced to embark on unsafe abortion methods.

The dons argue that other African countries with similar social and economic standards with Uganda such as Kenya, side effects Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tunisia have deliberately developed laws to protect the rights of women by prescribing circumstances under which a woman is allowed to terminate her pregnancy.

They add that they see no reason as to why Uganda doesn’t use that as an example take the same steps of protecting the lives of women who are continue to die on a daily basis from the unsafe abortions


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