Three Rwandan teenage girls jailed for having abortions
Summary of story from allAfrica.com, November 12, 2011
Three Rwandan teenage girls have each been sentenced to a year in jail after being found guilty of having an abortion.
The girls all pleaded guilty to the charges arguing that the men who had impregnated them had persuaded them to have the abortions.
The girls had on separate occasions consumed traditional herbs known as “Umuhoko”, mixed with soap which had induced the abortions.
The prosecution had initially asked for a five-year jail term for each of the defendants but the presiding judge, Izabera Riziki, ruled that a one year jail term was more appropriate considering their ages.
WVoN note: Abortion is illegal in Rwanda unless a woman’s life is in danger.