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B’Haram: No Abortion For Rescued Women –UNFPA

Posted: May 28, 2015 at 9:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi,  Abuja


The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have refuted  reports in a section of the media alleging that it would provide sterilisation or abortion services to women and girls that were discovered to be pregnant at the various Boko Haram camps in the North Eastern part of the country.

The Executive Director of the UNFPA, Babatunde Osotimehin, made the clarification, while responding to questions from journalists in Abuja, yesterday.

However, the UNFPA has between 2014 and May 2015 distributed 13,319 dignity kits to women and girls in the crisis infested north east.

Dignity Kits are bags containing accessories which are needed by women at the point of delivery or for their monthly cycle. It contain towel, blanket, soap, detergent, tooth brush and paste, shampoo, underwear and pants, a pair of socks and many other item.

According to Osotimehin: “We have not advocated, either through the government or through any other agency, for abortion or sterilisation as has been carried in the Nigerian press. We don’t offer this and we do not advocate for this. I need to make it clear. We support life, we support people, we support to them make their decisions to be able to carry their pregnancies.

“UNFPA does not promote abortion as a method of family planning nor does it have any abortion related interventions in Nigeria. UNFPA supports voluntary family planning so that women and men can freely determine the number, timing and spacing of their children as well as prevent unwanted pregnancies- it is their human right to do so and to have the means to exercise that right. This helps reduce recourse to abortion.  All UNFPA support abides by Nigeria’s laws.”

He, however, explained that: “In the course of this insurgency, many girls and many women have been sexually violated and several of them have had to be counsel and be provided support.

“We are of the view that if they are pregnant, we will ensure that we provide the services through government and through civil society organizations to have them carry the pregnancy properly.”