Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In Senegal, Women Kill Their Own Babies Due To Strict Abortion Laws

Due to the strict law of aborting unwanted pregnancy in Senegal, many women are forced to kill their own babies, new report by human rights.
 Unmarried pregnant girls are ostracized and sometimes take drastic measures, said Amy Sakho, who runs a drop-in center for women for the Senegalese Association of Women Jurists (AJS).
 "They leave the infants out in the middle of the forest to starve to death or get eaten by wild animals," Sakho said. " Others strangle them or throw them in the septic tank." 

According to the law, only under life threatening circumstances may a woman have an abortion and women who terminate their pregnancies and the health workers who assist them face jail terms. For a woman to be granted a legal abortion, she has to obtain the opinion of three doctors that her life is at risk, often at great expense and involving a lengthy procedure. Scarcely any legal terminations are carried out.

In one reported case, a 10-year-old girl, pregnant with twins as a result of rape, was forced to continue with the pregnancy despite risks to her health, according to AJS, which lobbied on the girl's behalf. Women seek out backstreet abortions, risking their lives at the hands of doctors who may not be qualified or have the necessary equipment.
Eight to 13 percent of maternal deaths in Senegal are the result of clandestine abortions, said the study. The rights groups accused Senegal's government of violations of women's reproductive rights under international law in their report "I do not want this child, I want to go to school". The Maputo Protocol on the rights of women in Africa, ratified by Senegal in 2005, requires states to guarantee the right to abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest, danger to the mental and physical health mother or the life of the mother or fetus.

News source: Reuters


Oge chukwura said...

This is too bad don't they have motherless babies home must the abandon their child in the forest this is not fair at all

Anonymous said...

Killing the baby is not the best solution.

Nkechi Oluka