By Luke Brinker
Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry oppose a woman’s right to an abortion even in cases of rape and incest. They’re now officially to the right of the newly elected Islamist prime minister in Morocco, where unsafe black-alley abortions have contributed to a groundswell of support for loosening abortion laws, the International Herald Tribune reports:
CASABLANCA — Less than two months after winning power inMorocco’s elections, the moderate Islamic party of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane is surprising opponents by moving to relax the country’s strict abortion laws.
In an interview last week, a top aide to Mr. Benkirane, Mustapha Khalifi, confirmed media reports that the prime minister would support an initiative to allow abortions in cases of rape and incest.
Mr. Khalifi, subsequently appointed the communications minister, said in an interview that the government should push ahead with a proposal, drafted by the social and family affairs minister in the previous government, Nouzha Skalli, to address the steep rise both in illegal abortions and in the number of unmarried mothers caught in the poverty trap.
“We should start dealing with this issue,” Mr. Khalifi said in Rabat. “We can’t ignore it any more.”