Doctor opposes call for abortion legalisation

A medical Director at the Kaneshie Polyclinic, Dr. Patrick Amo-Mensah, has opposed a suggestion for the legalisation of abortion in country because it will open the floodgate for the youth to massively engage in the practice”.

He said intensive education should be carried out to enable the youth to know the risk involved in illegal abortions.

Dr. Amo-Mensah said this in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, in reaction to a call by a nurse for the legalisation of abortion in the country.

A public health nurse at the Sunyani Municipal Health Directorate Mrs. Sarah Adjapong had advocated the legalisation of abortion in the country.

That, she said, would reduce the incidence of pregnant girls patronizing quack doctors and taking concoctions in their attempt to abort pregnancies.

She said to avoid being stigmatised, many young girls adopted all sorts of methods to abort developing foetuses, and in the process lost their lives.

Mrs. Adjapong made the suggestion at a day’s training workshop organised by Global Media Foundation, a Sunyani-based NGO for opinion leaders on abortion.

Dr. Amo-Mensah, however said aborting pregnancy could lead to the perforation of the uterus, damage of cervix, scarring of the uterine lining and death.

He said it was important to educate the youth to understand the risk involved in abortion and its associated challenges with child birth.

Dr. Amo-Mensah said abortion on the other hand, could be permitted if the continuation of the pregnancy involved a risk to the physical or mental health of the woman or “if there is significant reason that if the child is born, he/she would develop a serious disease”.

He said aborting pregnancies under conditions such as rape should be done by a registered medical practitioner.

He said aborting pregnancies for economic purposes or because a woman wanted to terminate it was illegal.

He explained that a doctor could abort a pregnancy when he could prove that the pregnancy posed a great threat to the woman.

Dr. Amo appealed to the youth to desist from abortions and strive to make informed decisions about their pregnancies.

Pastor Benedict Tetteh, General Overseer of Christ Vision, said, abortion should not be legalised in the country saying “it is murder whether when you kill a foetus.

He appealed to lawmakers not to legalise abortion and rather take drastic measures against those who engage in the practice.

By Jennifer Apprey  

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