The international NGO, Ipas, stated that thousands of Nigerian Women die daily because of unsafe abortions.
This was said at a three-day Media Training for Journalists on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights/ Global Gag Rule, in Keffi Nasarawa State, Nigeria, by Mr. Lucky Palmer (The country director of Ipas Nigeria).
He also said that every 8 minutes a woman in a developing country dies of complications from unsafe abortion. This information is only taken from people who went to the hospital for medical attention.
According to Ipas, Nigeria, out of the 85 million women who get pregnant yearly, about 40 million of them get an abortion and 98% of these abortions are unsafe.
Africa and Latin America account for the highest number of unsafe abortions globally.
The number is yet to increase unless if the laws are checked because only 16% of women who are in the reproductive age are using contraceptives and only 11% are using modern contraceptives.
Mr. Lucky Palmer asked the media to work with law enforcement agencies in order to promote women’s sexual rights and health,
as well as to create awareness and educate the public about unsafe abortions.
Mrs. Doris Ikpeze, a workshop facilitator for Speaking on International Commitments to Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, stated that women’s health was more than health policy but an issue of human rights, which was constantly being violated by bad policies and laws, weak institutions and societal norms.
It should be a human right for women to get an abortion in a proper facility without being dehumanised for it, Ikpeze emphasised.
Ipas is an international, non-governmental organization that increases access to safe abortions and contraception.