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Title:Termination of Pregnancy and the Law in Nigeria
Author:Okagbue, Isabella
Year:1990
Periodical:African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Volume:2
Issue:4
Pages:582-603
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:abortion
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Health and Nutrition
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
External link:http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/afjincol2&id=602&collection=journals&index=journals/afjincol
Abstract:Abortion in Nigeria is illegal unless it is performed to save the life of the pregnant woman. Nevertheless a large number of clandestine abortions continue to be carried out with often dire consequences for the life and health of the women involved. This paper reviews abortion legislation in Nigeria, examines court decisions on the subject, and presents the results of a survey conducted in 1984 on the incidence of abortion in the country. Data were collected in sample hospitals in 8 States, viz. Anambra, Rivers, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, and Oyo. The paper then makes a case for the revision of existing abortion laws. A brief look is taken at the various indications for abortion that might be adopted and a proposal is made for a new abortion policy in Nigeria in the light of the country's recently adopted population policy. Notes, ref.
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