Christian Science Monitor Examines Debate Over Abortion Laws In Namibia

Christian Science Monitor: In Namibia’s abortion debate, echoes of a repressive history
“…Like many African countries, Namibia faced a difficult dilemma when it came to colonial legislation, like its abortion law. … Of the 54 countries in Africa today, only South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Cape Verde, and Tunisia allow abortion in a broad range of circumstances, and the region has the highest number of abortion-related deaths in the world. Namibia allows abortion in cases of rape, incest, or when a pregnancy endangers the life of mother or child. … Loosening abortion restrictions, however, remains highly controversial. In an overwhelmingly Christian country, many Namibians — black and white — consider abortion a sin…” (Brown, 1/11).

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