‘Nigeria performs over 456,000 unsafe abortions yearly’

‘Nigeria performs over 456,000 unsafe abortions yearly’

The International reproductive rights group, Ipas, has said Nigerian archaic laws on abortion have contributed to the increasing number of maternal deaths that occur yearly around the world, adding that abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths and morbidity in Nigeria.

Making the assertion at a three-day media training workshop on “Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights” organised by Ipas in Abuja, Acting Country Director of Ipas, Ms. Hauwa Shekarau, a lawyer, said that the training is aimed at getting the citizens better informed on issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women. She further said that every woman has the right to safe reproductive health choices, which includes safe abortion care, adding that abortion laws have failed to save the lives of women due to their restrictive nature. Shekarau said: “The abortion law in Nigeria is restrictive and it is only permitted to save the life of the woman if she is in a danger. Read more

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