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Pro-choice or pro-life? by MhisTahrah: 10:59am On Oct 07, 2018
Abortion is an artificially induced termination of pregnancy with the intention of bringing about the death of the foetus.
It is a criminal offense to have, perform or aid an abortion in Nigeria.Sometimes though, it is performed in life threatening situations to save a pregnant woman's life where it's termed therapeutic abortion and it is legal.

"Nigeria’s abortion laws make it one of the most restrictive countries regarding abortion.[2] Nigeria’s criminal law system is divided between the northern and southern states of Nigeria.

The Criminal Code is currently enforced in southern states. The abortion laws of the Criminal Code are expressed within sections 228, 229, and 230. Section 228 states that any person providing a miscarriage to a woman is guilty of a felony and up to 14 years of imprisonment. Section 229 states that any woman obtaining a miscarriage is guilty of a felony and up to imprisonment for 7 years. Section 230 states that anyone supplying anything intended for a woman’s miscarriage is also guilty of a felony and up to 3 years of imprisonment.[3]

The Penal Code operates in northern states, with abortion laws contained in sections 232, 233, and 234. The sections of the Penal Code parallel the Criminal Code, besides the exception for abortion with the purpose of saving the life of the mother. The Penal Code’s punishments include imprisonment, fine, or both.[2] The offenses of these codes are punishable regardless of whether the miscarriage was successful.[4] No provisions have been made to the Criminal Code making exceptions for the preservations of the mother’s life. However, the cases of Rex vs Edgar and Rex vs Bourne have made it generally accepted that abortion performed to preserve the mother’s life is not an appropriate transgression of the Criminal Code.[2]"

----Wikipedia

This doesn't deter people from having abortions though.
One would expect a country such as Nigeria with strict laws on abortion to have zero abortion rates.However, the country has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, abortion accounts for 40% of these maternal deaths.There is little knowledge of contraceptives and 4 out of 10 children is as a result of unplanned pregnancies.
Backstreet abortions are commonplace in Nigeria which includes (but is not limited to) herbal abortions, self-induced medical abortion and abortion through physical exertion where the use of force such as blows to the stomach or hangers are tried to expel the foetus from the uterus.These are unsafe practices which can lead to complications, distability, permanent damage to the reproductive system and death.

According to a survey by PMA 2020, the abortion rate by women of reproductive age in Nigeria has risen between 1.8 and 2.7m.Six out of ten abortions were considered least safe and 11% of women experienced complications for which they sought post abortion care at a health facility.
And according to University of Ibadan, about 55 out of 1000 women in Nigeria commit abortion annually.
In my opinion, considering the number of delinquents and abandoned children roaming the streets, legalizing abortion and provision of contraceptives will help couples to have the number of kids they can adequately cater for.
I think it is high time Nigeria reconsidered her stance on abortion and review the laws on it.So as to enable women have access to quality medical care in the event that they decide to terminate a pregnancy.

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Re: Pro-choice or pro-life? by funmisticqueen(f): 12:51pm On Oct 07, 2018
MhisTahrah:
Abortion is an artificially induced termination of pregnancy with the intention of bringing about the death of the foetus.
It is a criminal offense to have, perform or aid an abortion in Nigeria.Sometimes though, it is performed in life threatening situations to save a pregnant woman's life where it's termed therapeutic abortion and it is legal.

"Nigeria’s abortion laws make it one of the most restrictive countries regarding abortion.[2] Nigeria’s criminal law system is divided between the northern and southern states of Nigeria.

The Criminal Code is currently enforced in southern states. The abortion laws of the Criminal Code are expressed within sections 228, 229, and 230. Section 228 states that any person providing a miscarriage to a woman is guilty of a felony and up to 14 years of imprisonment. Section 229 states that any woman obtaining a miscarriage is guilty of a felony and up to imprisonment for 7 years. Section 230 states that anyone supplying anything intended for a woman’s miscarriage is also guilty of a felony and up to 3 years of imprisonment.[3]

The Penal Code operates in northern states, with abortion laws contained in sections 232, 233, and 234. The sections of the Penal Code parallel the Criminal Code, besides the exception for abortion with the purpose of saving the life of the mother. The Penal Code’s punishments include imprisonment, fine, or both.[2] The offenses of these codes are punishable regardless of whether the miscarriage was successful.[4] No provisions have been made to the Criminal Code making exceptions for the preservations of the mother’s life. However, the cases of Rex vs Edgar and Rex vs Bourne have made it generally accepted that abortion performed to preserve the mother’s life is not an appropriate transgression of the Criminal Code.[2]"

----Wikipedia

This doesn't deter people from having abortions though.
One would expect a country such as Nigeria with strict laws on abortion to have zero abortion rates.However, the country has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, abortion accounts for 40% of these maternal deaths.There is little knowledge of contraceptives and 4 out of 10 children is as a result of unplanned pregnancies.
Backstreet abortions are commonplace in Nigeria which includes (but is not limited to) herbal abortions, self-induced medical abortion and abortion through physical exertion where the use of force such as blows to the stomach or hangers are tried to expel the foetus from the uterus.These are unsafe practices which can lead to complications, distability, permanent damage to the reproductive system and death.

According to a survey by PMA 2020, the abortion rate by women of reproductive age in Nigeria has risen between 1.8 and 2.7m.Six out of ten abortions were considered least safe and 11% of women experienced complications for which they sought post abortion care at a health facility.
And according to University of Ibadan, about 55 out of 1000 women in Nigeria commit abortion annually.
In my opinion, considering the number of delinquents and abandoned children roaming the streets, legalizing abortion and provision of contraceptives will help couples to have the number of kids they can adequately cater for.
I think it is high time Nigeria reconsidered her stance on abortion and review the laws on it.So as to enable women have access to quality medical care in the event that they decide to terminate a pregnancy.
they will never review those laws, cos women prefer to remain ignorant
Re: Pro-choice or pro-life? by herzernIsHere: 1:35pm On Oct 07, 2018
Your point is?
Re: Pro-choice or pro-life? by Deltayankeeboi: 1:40pm On Oct 07, 2018
Whoever made this unreasonable post is a big fool.

You deserve to die a very slow and painful death through insertion of hot rusted blade into your private part till it goes deep into your womb so you can experience the magnitude of pain that is enough to kill a human and then left alone to scream till you lose consciousness and die.

You are very stupid.
Re: Pro-choice or pro-life? by MhisTahrah: 2:05pm On Oct 07, 2018
herzernIsHere:
Your point is?
That abortion be made legal.
Re: Pro-choice or pro-life? by MhisTahrah: 2:12pm On Oct 07, 2018
funmisticqueen:
they will never review those laws, cos women prefer to remain ignorant
Sad.
Re: Pro-choice or pro-life? by milemimi93(m): 2:15pm On Oct 07, 2018
Op are u pregnant and thinking of abortion? If yes, may you die in the process. Amen.

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