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Moroccan women say they are abortion ‘outlaws’ in protest at journalist’s trial

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Hundreds of Moroccan women on Monday signed a manifesto stating that they have broken their country’s “unfair” laws punishing extramarital relations and abortions.

The statement comes as a Moroccan female journalist stands trial for allegedly having sex outside of wedlock and illegally terminating a pregnancy.

“We, Moroccan citizens, declare that we are outlaws,” the women said in the text published in Moroccan media outlets and due to appear in French daily Le Monde on Tuesday.

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“We are violating unfair and obsolete laws,” read the text, which was co-written by award-winning Franco-Moroccan author Leila Slimani.

“We are having sex outside wedlock. We are suffering, enabling or being complicit of abortion,” declared its 490 signatories.

Article 490 of the penal code punishes sexual relations out of wedlock, while the law also forbids all abortions unless the mother’s life is in danger.

Filmmaker Sonia Terrab, another co-author, said the signatories were “teachers, bankers, housewives, students, artists, and intellectuals”.

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Journalist Hajar Raissouni, 28, on Monday faced a third hearing in her trial over alleged sexual relations out of wedlock and “illegal abortion”.

Raissouni, her Sudanese boyfriend, a doctor, a nurse, and a medical secretary remain in custody since being detained late last month.

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Her doctor and two aides have been accused of performing an abortion and complicity in abortion.

Between 600 and 800 back-shop abortions occur each day in Morocco, according to estimates.

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Last year, Morocco tried thousands of people for sex out of wedlock, 170 people for being gay, and 73 for pregnancy terminations.

In the early 1970s, in a similar text, French women calling themselves the “343 sluts” famously declared they had had an abortion when it was still illegal.

(AFP)

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A veteran Cleveland newsman scalded Rep. Jim Jordan and the Ohio lawmakers who inflicted him on Congress with a partisan gerrymandering scheme.

Brent Larkin, editorial director of The Plain Dealer from 1991 until he retired in 2009, called his congressman the "second most contemptible human being in the entire U.S. government," and said Ohio Democrats were as much to blame for him as GOP legislators.

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The ultimate damning timeline: NBC reporter explains how the Trump-Ukraine scandal is a ‘simple story’

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Even though the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump may seem complicated, the story they tell is actually relatively straightforward.

NBC News reporter Mark Murray on Friday created a succinct timeline of events that he says "tells a simple a story" about what the president did that has him facing articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives.

First, says Murray, look at a New York Times report from this past May in which Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani admits that he is traveling to Ukraine to press for investigations that would be "very, very helpful to my client." These investigations included a probe of the work Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, did for Ukrainian company Burisma.

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Don’t quit now, Democrats: Wrapping up impeachment early is the dumbest idea ever

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Over the past two weeks of marathon testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, it can no longer be disputed that President Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and members of his administration engaged in a plot to bribe or extort Ukraine into helping the president smear his domestic political opponents. Witness after witness testified to what they saw and the conclusion was inescapable: The president broke the law and abused his power.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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