Mozambique scraps colonial-era homosexuality and abortion ban


Mozambique decriminalized homosexuality yesterday when a new penal code came into force that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws, in a victory for campaigners for gay rights. The old code, dating back to 1886, targeted anyone
who habitually engages in vices against nature. Breaking the law was punishable by up to three years of hard labor.

The new penal code also decriminalizes abortion. Women can now end a pregnancy until the 12th week. Extraordinary circumstances, such as rape or threats to the mother’s life, allow for the procedure until the 16th week……. d wind of civilization is gradually blowing through Africa, one country at s time…..

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