Forced Pregnancy Law & Legal Definition


Forced pregnancy is a war crime that is punishable by the International Criminal Court. The captors impregnate women and hold them captive until it is too late for abortion. The conduct is associated with armed conflict.

According to paragraph f of Article 7(2) of the ICC statute forced pregnancy means “unlawful confinement of a woman forcibly made pregnant with the intent of affecting ethnic composition of any population or carrying out other grave violations of international law.” However this definition does not in any way affect national laws relating to pregnancy.