At the end of April, a clandestine abortion network was dismantled in the city of Marrakech, in Morocco. Six of its members will be tried on 24 May, including two medical interns, a medical student and a pilot who was in charge of importing medicines from Spain. The clandestine abortions were performed in a Marrakech apartment, with each women charged 3,000 dirhams, i.e. about €280, for an abortion. The defendants are being prosecuted for illegally practising abortion and illegally importing medicines.
Pro-abortion pressures have increased in Morocco in recent years, but the practice remains prohibited. It is punishable by 6 months to 2 years imprisonment for women and 1 to 5 years for abortion practitioners.