GHANA – An audio with women’s testimonies on their abortion experiences (en français)

In Ghana, as in many other countries around the world, abortion is criminalised. In 2017, the Ghanaian health services registered over 53,000 abortion patients in public hospitals. Of these, 13,000 abortions were unsafe, according to the Ghana Health Service. A retired nurse who runs a pharmacy in Tamale said that up to three-fourths of students from different schools in the area often come to the shop for abortifacients, some of whom she observed were up … Continued

GHANA – A debate on abortion has initiated in the Ghanaian parliament

Two members of the Ghanaian parliament, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye and Ms Zanetor Rawlings, have called for debate on the question of decriminalisation of abortion after data were reported publicly that show a high rate of unsafe abortions and deaths from complications in the country, as well as a growing number of unsafe abortions among teens and young women. Dr Okoe Boye, called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country – not “an unrestricted, … Continued

GHANA & NIGERIA – Ghana and Nigeria lead in trawling the internet for abortion pills

According to a BBC analysis of Google searches, global online searches for medical abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills. Indeed, the study found that countries with the most restrictive abortion laws have over 10 times higher search interest in obtaining misoprostol than countries with no restrictions. Ghana and Nigeria are … Continued

Ghana: Address adolescent reproductive health

  The First Lady of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, called for a concerted effort by family, community, educationists, health professionals and religious leaders in Africa to address adolescent reproductive health in Africa. She made the call at the 19th General Assembly of the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) organised on the sidelines of the 29th African Union (AU) summit. Adolescent reproductive health education, she said, had become necessary due to the fact … Continued

Early marriage, early pregnancies and unsafe abortions reported in a rural area of Ghana

Unsafe abortion among teenagers has reached an alarming state at Brohani, a farming community in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, according to Madam Mamunatu Ibrahim, the midwife in-charge of the Brohani Rural Clinic. She said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency that the practice was growing among girls aged 13 to 15 years. Although she could not provide figures on cases reported, Madam Ibrahim said early marriage was the … Continued

Study reveals clinicians refusing to provide legal abortions in Ghana

  A study has revealed that access to safe abortion care in three regions of Northern Ghana – Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions – is impeded by clinicians refusing to provide legally permitted abortion services. It was undertaken by Global Doctors for Choice (GDC)-Ghana. The study’s design and implementation involved a wide range of key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health, Ghanaian Health Service and representatives of professional societies of doctors and midwives. … Continued

“My friend who bought it for me, she has had an abortion before.” The influence of Ghanaian women’s social networks in determining the pathway to induced abortion

Even given the liberal abortion law in Ghana, abortion complications are a large contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality. This study sought to understand why young women seeking an abortion in a legally enabling environment chose to do this outside the formal healthcare system.

A “deaf village” in Ghana and its marriage prohibition for deaf partners

Adamorobe is a village in Ghana where the historical presence of a hereditary form of deafness resulted in a high number of deaf inhabitants. In 1975, a law was introduced to reduce the number of deaf people in Adamorobe: deaf people cannot marry each other in order to avoid deaf offspring.

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