The taboo Abortion is, one eye shut!
I am very unsettled discussing this. I can not believe i have finally gotten the courage to say abortion can be a good thing.
Article 22 0f the Uganda Constitution states that;
”no person has a right to terminate the life of an unborn child except as may be authorized by law” And such exceptions
include if the mothers or child's life is in danger.
Abortion is almost not talked about openly in most cultures. It is believed to bring misfortune to the family. This there fore leaves women to resort to village clinics, traditional healers, use crude methods to terminate the pregnancy themselves instead of seeking help from trained health workers which is a danger to their lives.
' With the strict law against abortion it is still being carried out behind doors leading to death of youthful Ugandans. It accounts for 26% cases of maternal death in Uganda.Russia with a strict law against abortion found 256 human embryos dumped in a forest of recent,Russian authorities are still investigating the origin of these human embryos.
Why can't our policy makers become flexible and revisit the law like western countries because the strict law is not doing much to curb the practice,it is instead putting people's lives at risk.' this was a citizens view on the current abortion law in Uganda.
There are approximately 267,000 abortions carried out in Uganda every year, this is not an easy number to look at especially on an issue that can be over ruled and better healthcare laws are set up as regards to termination of pregnancies.
Uganda needs to do something about the abortion law, to make sure it is revised and further make it clear to the locals and health practitioners on when they can help women.
The reality about sexual activity among teens is also not clear, parents and elders are not aware that children are engaging in sex early, upon getting pregnant most of them resort to abortion. It is not that people are not aware that abortion is being carried out, it is that no one really cares, the government does not care, the children's parents do not care, the schools do not care otherwise sex education would be made a priority in schools for children to protect them selves, for better and safe sex practices.There should be introduction of sexual reproductive health education in schools, establish pregnancy/parents-to-be counseling services, change attitude to respect pregnancy outside marriage, especially, Christians emphasizing the role of Mary who became pregnant surprisingly outside of marriage, set up fund to help pregnant women. Otherwise with the reported failure of ABC [Abstain, Be faithful or use condoms] in fight against HIV Ugandan women are heading into more troubles.
Being a Christian, pro life activist , this may look like a double standards piece coming from me but what am simply advocating for is better facilities for people willing to partake that choice, to make it safe for them to get better health care pre abortion, have them see their options to me it can save a life, all life matters, be it the mothers or unborn child. Whatever the reasons for termination may be. Being rigid never solved problems, Uganda needs to do something about abortion and the law because it is an issue and can bring down the maternal motility rates in Uganda which is estimated daily at a number of 1000 mothers, mothers who die due to pregnancy related complications, this totals up to a sad 358,000 deaths each year, deaths which are entirely preventable if there is access to a skilled health worker.