By Afedzi Abdullah
Despite Ghana having relatively liberal laws on abortion, the procedure continues to be highly stigmatised, and as a result, many abortions are done illegally.
Consequently, the country is lacking accurate data on abortion incidence and unintended pregnancies which are very essential to planning reproductive health services.
Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah
8 September 2020
The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) has rolled out the Comprehensive Abortion Care Accountability programme to curb unsafe abortion.
Project Director, Owusu Banahene notes unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality in Ghana.
By Ghana News Agency
Aug 14, 2020
The Western Regional Coordinating Council and National Youth Authority in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFP), have organised a day’s advocacy training for about forty-five youth leaders in the Wassa East District of the Western Region.
The programme, which forms part of the celebration of this year’s International Youth Day, was to among others sensitize the youth on their Sexual Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) and Sexual and Gender Base Violence (SGBV).
Towards an End to Abortion Stigma
By Joshua Okyere
Sexual and reproductive health and rights are imperative components of ensuring good health and wellbeing of all. It covers issues of family planning, contraceptive use, abortion, comprehensive sexuality education and gender equality. As a matter of fact, it is the fundamental human right of individuals to decide freely and responsibly without coercion and violence, the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health (ICPD 1994). Hence, the global community has championed the need for SRHR to be prioritized with UNICEF and UNDP being at the forefront of this.
The world has made great strides in this regard yet there is more to be done. Among all of these SRHR issues, abortion has been a perennial concern for individuals and decision makers. In the true sense of it, abortion can happen clinically, hence, it is dubbed as spontaneous abortion. The main issue of contention has to do with induced abortion.
More teenage girls attempt unsafe abortion in Sunyani West Municipality
Friday 28th February, 2020
By Dennis Peprah, GNA
Odumase (B/R), Feb. 28, GNA – Twenty cases of unsafe abortion were reported in the Sunyani West Municipality of the Bono Region in 2019 says the Municipal Health Directorate.
The cases were reported at Chiraa, Fiapre, Odumase and Nsoatre among girls between 12 and 18 years, but no death was recorded.
Wawa Aba platform to revolutionize access to reproductive health
Dec 30, 2019
James Amoh Jnr.
Ghana News Agency
Historically, adolescent reproductive health has been overlooked and largely ignored despite the high risk the country faces for its neglect.
Some of the challenges faced by adolescents include unplanned pregnancy and parenthood, difficulties in accessing contraception and safe abortion, high rate of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and deaths during child birth.
Women urged to visit Marie Stopes for their family planning needs
Monday, 30 September 2019
Marie Stopes Ghana, has re-launched its centre at Kokomlemle in Accra with a call on women and girls to visit the place for all their family planning needs.
The contraception and family planning centre has been operating in the country since 2006 and provides services and information on sexual reproductive health to assist women during child birth.
Ghana: increase Awareness About Reproductive Health Among Hearing Impaired
20 September 2019
Ghanaian Times (Accra)
By Raissa Sambou
The Executive Director of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD), Mr Juventus Duorinaah has called for an increase in awareness about sexual and reproductive health among the hearing impaired.
"The media must also include sign language in their reportage to remove barriers that hinders access to such information."
Curb high rate of unintended pregnancies in Africa
By: Royal Uche
[LAGOS] Consistent political will from governments of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa could help curb the 14 million unintended pregnancies recorded annually in the region, a study says.
Pregnancies occurring when children are unexpected could lead to problems such as unsafe abortion, mental illness and negative quality of women’s lives, researchers from Ghana say, adding that in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) few studies have explored such pregnancies.
Papa Ralph Hotline To Provide Quick Abortion Information
By Raphael Godlove Ahenu
Global Media Foundation, human rights media advocacy organization will soon introduce safe abortion information telephone hotlines such as Papa Ralph and Maame Esi in Ghana in helping to provide quick and adequate information on abortion and contraceptives to women especially vulnerable and hard-to-reach young girls who may be considering that option. Such measures according to GLOMEF could reduce maternal morbidity and mortality that results from unsafe abortions in Ghana.
The Founder/CEO of GLOMEF, Raphael Godlove Ahenu who made this known to media, said cultural and religious unacceptability of safe abortion as contributing factor to unsafe abortion practices in Ghana making many women especially young girls indulged in unsafe abortions because they feared the stigma that accompanied unwed pregnancy.