‘Unsafe abortions contributing to high maternal mortality rate in Nigeria’

By The Nation
On Aug 6, 2022

A non-profit organisation, Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation has identified unsafe abortions as one of the factors contributing high maternal mortality rate in Nigeria.

The organisation said Nigeria is confronted with high incidences of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), which sometimes results in unwanted pregnancies, leading to unsafe abortions.

Continued: https://thenationonlineng.net/unsafe-abortions-contributing-to-high-maternal-mortality-rate-in-nigeria/


As Lagos seeks to save more women from abortion-related deaths

July 11, 2022
By Oluwafunke Ishola

When Cynthia was raped by her abductors who later released her she knew she was in for more troubles.

Missing her menstrual period for two months heightened her fears. Testing positive for pregnancy broke her further. She wasn’t ready to swallow another bitter pill – keeping the unwanted pregnancy from ‘evil’ men.

Continued: https://nnn.ng/lagos-seeks-save-more-women/


Lagos develops guidelines on safe, lawful abortion

“In 2011, the Lagos State House of Assembly updated the criminal code, providing for abortion to save the life and protect the physical health of the woman."

By Agency Report 
June 29, 2022

The Lagos State Government has developed a policy document on safe termination of pregnancy toward guiding healthcare professionals to provide safe and lawful abortion services in the state.

Olusegun Ogboye, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, said this at a stakeholders’ meeting to launch the document on Tuesday in Lagos.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/539745-lagos-develops-guidelines-on-safe-lawful-abortion.html


Ipas, NCWS Partner To Remove Economic, Health Barriers Against Women

By Olumide Gbenga
ON MAY 24, 2022

The Country Director of Ipas, Mr Lucky Palmer, on Monday promised to partner with the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) Nigeria to remove all forms of barriers affecting women.

Palmer made the promise when the newly elected President of NCWS, Hajiya Lami Lau, led a delegation on a visit to Ipas office in Abuja.

Continued: https://www.withinnigeria.com/broadnews/2022/05/24/ipas-ncws-partner-to-remove-economic-health-barriers-against-women/


Restrictive abortion laws put Nigerian women in danger

PTI | Benin
22-05-2022

The word "abortion" is used to describe two types of pregnancies that end before 20 weeks, which is now regarded as the age of viability of a pregnancy.

Spontaneous abortion occurs without an intention by the woman to stop the pregnancy, it is pregnancy loss before 20 weeks of gestational age. Induced abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy because it is unwanted.

Continued: https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/health/2046272-restrictive-abortion-laws-put-nigerian-women-in-danger


Restrictive abortion laws put Nigerian women in danger

Published: May 19, 2022
Friday Okonofua

The word “abortion” is used to describe two types of pregnancies that end before 20 weeks, which is now regarded as the age of viability of a pregnancy.

Spontaneous abortion occurs without an intention by the woman to stop the pregnancy, it is pregnancy loss before 20 weeks of gestational age. Induced abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy because it is unwanted.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/restrictive-abortion-laws-put-nigerian-women-in-danger-183153


Nigerian Abortion Laws Haven’t Changed Since 1960. Here’s The Timeline

Lolade Alaka | Citizen
May 14, 2022

Abortion dates back to ancient Egypt, making it one of the oldest medical practices known to man. We know this because the Egyptian pharaohs preserved all their medical techniques in the Ebers Papyrus of 1550 B.C.

Ancient Egyptians have also been described as “the healthiest of all men”, so if they did it, why is the practice of abortion so taboo today? The answer is equally religious, cultural and political.

Continued: https://www.zikoko.com/citizen/nigerian-abortion-laws-heres-the-timeline/


I had four abortions, Óyá, arrest me! The diary of an almost-aborted pro-choice feminist

by Dasola Tewogbade
Apr 22, 2022

My name is Dasola aka Sisí Afrika and I'm a pro-choice advocate in my country. Abortion is considered a felony in Nigeria and last month, I released a book detailing my experiences while trying to have access to abortion – technically making me a criminal – because something as very important as abortion is criminalized. There's even no provision for women who got pregnant through rape.

Introduction to the book
Are you curious about anything related to abortion? Are you sexually active? Do you have a sense of justice? Do you hate being told what you can and cannot do with your body? Then this book is for you.

First of all, let me start this ride (where I don’t know how it’ll end, but I’m excited all the same) by categorically stating that this is NOT fiction… I want to write about the everyday happenings that go on around us and let everyone see that all these ideas every activist stands up for are not, at all, disconnected from our realities. These ideas are not abstract, they’re not some far-away thoughts that happen in never-never lands. These things happen to us at every breathing second of our lives. It doesn’t matter if you’re, not at all, interested in politics, politics is very much interested in you. It shapes your life, it affects it in many ways, much more than you can ever imagine.

Introduction continued at FigureFeminists.com  
(From International Campaign for Safe Abortion newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/22-april-2022?e=372dd34034)

FULL TEXT
of the book at https://figurefeminists.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/The-diary-of-an-almost-aborted-pro-choice-feminist.pdf  


Nigeria – Comprehensive Sexuality Education Coming to 1,700 Girls Courtesy of Onelife, IPAS

19.04.2022

Onelife Initiative, a non-profit organisation with offices in Oyo, Ekiti and Akwa Ibom, has partnered with Ipas Nigeria to offer comprehensive sexuality education to close to 2,000 females across four local government areas in Oyo State, Nigeria.

According to a statement issued by the organisation, the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Information (SRHR)-themed training will also include information dissemination on the risks attached to unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://fij.ng/article/comprehensive-sexuality-education-coming-to-1700-girls-courtesy-of-onelife-ipas/


Preventing Needless Deaths Of Nigerian Women During Child Birth

By Chioma Umeha
On Apr 1, 2022

For decades, the question of why so many Nigerian women die during childbirth has remained unanswered.  Nigeria has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world, according to available data.

The country’s mortality ratio of 512 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births far surpasses the global average of 254 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

Continued: https://independent.ng/preventing-needless-deaths-of-nigerian-women-during-child-birth/