What You Didn’t Know About Abortion In Ghana

By Alpha Osei Amoako

Unsafe abortion is the second most common cause of maternal mortality in Ghana. It accounts for about 15% of maternal deaths in the country. Unsafe abortion is very common amongst teenagers, women in their 20s and poor women probably because—they either do not know where to get safe abortions or they do not have access to financial resources.

Also, the stigma associated with abortion is one major reason why most teenagers and women in their early 20s resort to orthodox methods or practice unsafe abortion.

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Ghana – Abortion claims 66 lives in 2020 — GHS

APR 15, 2021

Sixty-six women died in 2020 due to abortion related complications, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed.

More than 54,000 cases of abortion, out of which 25,866 cases were classified as spontaneous abortions, were recorded in the country's heath facilities in 2020.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/1075023/abortion-claims-66-lives-in-2020.html

Ghana – Abortion stigma contributing to rise in maternal deaths — PPAG

Date: Mar - 18 - 2021
BY: Doreen Andoh

The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) says unsafe abortion is an issue of public health concern and contributes significantly to maternal morbidity and mortality.

It says although the law permits the discontinuation of pregnancies under certain conditions, abortion-related stigma is deterring people, particularly, young girls, from accessing safe abortion services.

Continued: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/abortion-stigma-contributing-to-rise-in-maternal-deaths-ppag.html

Teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion on the rise at Nsoatre

9 March 2021

Teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion are on the increase at the Nsoatre Health Centre in the Sunyani West Municipality of the Bono Region, Dr Agyemang Yeboah, the Medical Officer-in-charge of the facility, has said.

He said between 30 and 40 percent of women in the area who attended Antenatal clinics were teenagers, mostly between 13 and 16 years.

Continued: https://www.myjoyonline.com/teenage-pregnancy-and-unsafe-abortion-on-the-rise-at-nsoatre/

Coalition of NGOs in Health want abortion laws

Thursday, 25 February 2021

The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health want abortion laws of the country to be amended to ensure safe abortions for citizens.

National Vice Chairman of the Coalition, Ninsau Kwesi Darku-Alazar, in an interview with Nana Abena Serwaa on Morning Update on TV XYZ noted that most youth are likely to have bad experience with abortion because of the laws of the country.

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Coalition-of-NGOs-in-Health-want-abortion-laws-amended-1189576

Unsafe abortion in Ghana on the rise despite laws – KNUST research

Mona Lisa Frimpong and Anita Adjoga 
16 November 2020

More women in Ghana continue to have unsafe abortions, despite abortion being legal in the country.

A research by the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology showed an estimated 71 percent of all abortions would be
considered illegal by government, despite relatively liberal laws.

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Ghana – PPAG builds capacities of journalists on Comprehensive Abortion Care

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), a non-governmental organization (NGO), has built the capacities of journalists on effective and objective reporting mechanisms to help curb incidences of unsafe abortion in society.

The two-day capacity development workshop, organized by the PPAG, in Tamale, brought together selected journalists from Northern and Upper West regions and was in line with the NGO’s planned efforts to help reduce unsafe abortions among the youth.

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/PPAG-builds-capacities-of-journalists-on-Comprehensive-Abortion-Care-1100752

More than 50% of all pregnancies in Ghana are unintended

Oct 28, 2020

Every year in Ghana 767,200 pregnancies, that is 53 per cent of all pregnancies were unintended.

Stakeholders in the health sector made a call on the government and non-governmental partners to reduce the burden of unsafe abortion by educating the public on the country’s abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2020/10/28/more-than-50-of-all-pregnancies-in-ghana-are-unintended/

Africa: Essential Women’s Health Services at Risk Amid Covid-19

Oct 4, 2020

Bolgatanga, Ghana — The COVID-19 pandemic is setting back important progress on women’s health across Africa. There are many reasons for this, including lockdown restrictions which are keeping women at home, concerns about catching the virus, and the closure of women’s health services. These problems are not simple ones, but they to be acknowledged and addressed.

In my own country, Ghana, where my organisation runs safe abortion and family planning services in the north of the country, we saw a sharp drop in the number of women accessing our services from April to August 2020, compared to the same period last year.

Continued: https://thestreetjournal.org/2020/10/africa-essential-womens-health-services-at-risk-amid-covid-19/

Ghana – Reducing Unsafe Abortions, The Need For A More Comprehensive Services And Care For Women

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.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/1028434/reducing-unsafe-abortions-the-need-for-a-more.html