Wednesday, 27 May 2009

A Campaign Against Unwanted Pregnancy

... in Nigeria. Cue the shrieeeking from Blob Blogging Wingnut and the foaming-at-the-mouth hyperbole from SoWrongOrNuts. Because here are the facts - also known as a reality check - as presented by the Executive Director of the Campaign Against Unwanted Pregnancy, Dr. Boniface Oye-Adeniran, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist:

"The general public needs to become more enlightened on issues of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. The media, both electronic and print, are recognised pathway for achieving increased enlightenment on unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion."

Oye-Adeniran stated that based on several hospital based studies carried out by the CAUP and the Gututtmacher Institute, 760,000 abortions were carried out in Nigeria annually. According to him, one out of 10 women in Nigeria has had an abortion, while two out of five women who have obtained abortion used the services of quacks.

He said, "The majority (about two-thirds) of women who had abortion used dangerous methods and objects." The medical doctor identified those who mostly sought abortion in the country as unmarried women; students and those whose partners refused to accept pregnancies.

Oye-Adeniran disclosed that complications from unsafe abortions contributed about 30 per cent to maternal deaths in the country. He stated that the CAUP had generated new data on maternal mortality based on a study carried out in ten local governments‘ areas of Lagos State. According to the medical doctor, the findings from the study will help in programming and intervention initiatives to reduce pregnancy-related deaths in the country.

In March the pope toured some countries in Africa, spreading the Vatican Taliban's anti-condom and anti-contraception message, which can be summed up thus: Women must die to uphold Catholic Church doctrine.

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