By CHINYERE OKOROAFOR
On Sep 19, 2022
The Lagos State abortion policy seeks to achieve safe termination of pregnancy within the ambits of the law. However, like many new policies, the initiative is mired in controversies, with opposition to it coming from many sides, including the Catholic Church. In this report, CHINYERE OKOROAFOR examines the issues.
On 28 June 2022, the Lagos State Government unveiled a 40-page policy document on safe termination of pregnancy. It was designed to reduce “preventable deaths” usually caused by unsafe abortion procedures. The policy is meant to guide medical practitioners and other stakeholders on when it is lawful or unlawful to terminate a pregnancy.
By YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE
On Sep 7, 2022
In protest against the delay in lifting the suspension on safe termination of pregnancy in Lagos State, about 150 women groups across various rights and civil society organisations took to the streets to make their grievance known to government.
The Lagos State government had through the Ministry of Health developed a policy document on safe termination of pregnancy in a bid to guide healthcare providers within the state to provide safe and lawful abortion services within the ambit of the law.
By Segun Kasali
Aug 29, 2022
Hundreds of women marched to the office of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in Alausa, Ikeja, protesting the suspension of Guidelines on Safe Termination of Pregnancy for Legal Indications.
The Executive Director of Women Advocates Research Documentation Centre, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, over the weekend led other protesting women groups and civil society organisations representatives.
AUGUST 24, 2022
Juliana Francis and Godstime Simon
Hundreds of women on Tuesday marched to the Office of the Lagos State Governor,
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in Alausa, Ikeja, protesting the suspension of safe
The Executive Director of Women Advocates Research Documentation Centre, Dr.
Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, led it. Other
protesters were women groups and civil society organisations representatives.
July 23, 2022
The Women Rights and Civil Society Organisations have called on the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to immediately lift suspension on the guidelines on Safe Termination of Pregnancy for legal Indicators.
The Groups maintained that women have rights to their bodily integrity and to life, stressing that the ‘Safe Termination of Pregnancy for legal Indicators’ is meant to save women from preventable death.
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.
November 25, 2021
Study Results by Performance Monitoring Action in 2014, with updated dissemination by Lagos State in March 2021, revealed that 6000 Nigerian women die from unsafe abortion-related complications every 12 months. Ayodeji Ake reports
“My mother must not know, she will develop high blood pressure” she said unhappily. Those were the words of Beauty, a 25-year-old damsel who resides in a small apartment with her mother and seven siblings in one of the rural areas in the federal capital territory, Abuja.