Rwandan President Pardons Hundreds Convicted of Having or Assisting in an Abortion

April 8, 2019

(TIME) – The President of Rwanda pardoned hundreds of people convicted of having or assisting in an abortion this week. President Paul Kagame pardoned 367 people “convicted for the offenses of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide,” the Prime Minister’s cabinet announced on Thursday. Women’s access to abortion has long been restricted in Rwanda. Abortion in cases of rape, incest, forced marriage or the health of the woman or fetus has only been legal since 2012, although a court and two doctors are needed to sign off on the procedure.

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