Ghana can reduce maternal death by 13% if abortion is fully legalized to provide safe abortion services to women who need it.
Unsafe abortion, according to him, accounts for at least 13% of maternal mortality in Ghana, saying any effort to curb maternal mortality and morbidity will be fruitless without addressing the issue of abortion.
Mr. Ahenu noted that most of these deaths as well as the long-term complications of unsafe abortion are preventable through improved access to effective family planning methods and contraception to reduce the incidence of unwanted pregnancy, post-abortion care and provision of safe abortion services.
The human rights crusader was speaking at a day’s engagement with media owners and editors in Sunyani organized by Global Media Foundation with support from Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) under its project: ‘Advocating for Young People Access to Safe Abortion and Contraceptive Service in Brong-Ahafo.’
He said access to safe and legal abortion accompanied by accurate information and affordable, quality and friendly services, enable women and young people to have full control over their bodies and their fertility.
In her presentation, a Nurse at Yawhima Health Centre, Yaa Asantewaa, said research has shown that the majority of adolescents lack the knowledge required to make decisions responsibly on sexual and reproductive health, leaving them vulnerable to bullying, sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.
She said comprehensive sexuality education enables young people to make informed decisions about their sexuality and health.
Source: Pat Aboagyewaa