Women and girls in Benin cannot yet benefit from the new law. Implementation decrees (implementing regulations) need to first be adopted before the law can be implemented by health care providers. This could, unfortunately, take a while.
Reason enough for ABPF and other progressive stakeholders to continue their advocacy. “We have fought long and hard for this legislation, but our work is not over. Now, more than ever, we must continue to advocate for the removal of any barriers to the implementation of this law. We will continue to work in partnership with the Ministry of Health and civil society organisations to ensure that the implementation decrees are issued and to support the health system,” shared Judith Maffon Gbehinto, National President of ABPF.
Rutgers has supported ABPF within its She Makes Her Safe Choice programme aimed at reducing unsafe abortions and they are also a partner in the Right Here Right Now programme. We have also promoted collaboration between partners in Benin and beyond to advocate for safe abortion in Benin and the region.