As a personal principle to update myself about what is happening around the world, I visit different news portals every morning. So, it was in fulfilment of this daily ritual that on September 21, this year, I came across an article published on the Daily Post’s news portal headlined: “Nigerian women committed 2.7m abortions in 2017 – Study.”
In the article, it was reported that majority of the abortions were done by young girls in secondary schools and women in their early 20s, and that one out of every four of the abortions was unintended, leading to an increase in the abortions committed by the women.
On October 4, this year too, as I was going through the ritual as usual, I saw the headline: “Over 53,000 abortion cases recorded at public health centres in 2017” on graphic.com.gh.com.
The alarming point to note here is that the figures reported on abortion cases in the media only represent those ones that were reported at health facilities. This is because many of the cases were not reported.
As many babies are being killed through this practice, many mothers also continue to lose their lives, particularly those performed without any professional health assistance.
Ghana’s figure may not be as high as that of Nigeria due to the differences in our populations, but the fact is that babies are being killed through abortions on daily basis, either legally or illegally.
The Executive Director of the National Population Council, Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah, at a workshop held on June 30, 2018, in Koforidua to brief the Parliamentary Caucus on Population, said about 17 per cent of all pregnancies in Ghana were unwanted.