Induced Abortion in Nigeria: Findings from Focus Group Discussion

Boniface A Oye-Adeniran, Isaac F Adewole2, Augustine V Umoh, Ngozi Iwere, Abidoye Gbadegesin


Abortion is carried out daily in Nigeria despite the restrictive abortion law. This study was carried out to obtain information on societal attitude to the issues of family planning, unwanted pregnancy, abortion, adoption of children and laws relating to them. Focus group discussions were held in south-western Nigeria among 11 sub-groups. Participants felt that there was high prevalence of unwanted pregnancy and abortion particularly among youths. They had high level awareness of contraceptives and ascribed its low use to negative side effects, high cost and provider bias. Christians favoured planning of pregnancies while the Muslims did not. Majority of the respondents had negative perception of induced abortion. Some of them supported abortion if the education of the young girl would be disrupted, if paternity of pregnancy is in dispute, or if it would save the family from shame. Participants supported the enactment of laws that would make adoption of unwanted children easier. (Afr J Reprod Health 2005; 9[1]: 133-141)


Keywords: Contraception, adolescents, awareness, Nigeria

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