Human Rights

Fame and riches fueling unsafe abortion cases in Malawi

Chikwawa, September 29, Mana: Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC), Executive Director, Emma Kaliya, said men with fame and riches were triggers of unsafe abortion cases in the country.

Kaliya who is also a Gender Activist made the remarks during the Safe Abortion International Day Commemoration held at Nchalo in Chikwawa district on Tuesday.

She said it was sad to note that these men who are famous and are well to do take advantage of poor and voiceless young women and girls in the country by, among others, engaging in sexual activities with them.

“It is saddening to note that these people are also the ones on the forefront opting for unsafe abortion when their partner has fallen pregnant,” said Kaliya.

She has, however, urged women and young girls to equip themselves with family planning methods if the country is to do better on maternal mortality deaths due to complications that result from unsafe abortions.

The gender activist said it is sad that other quarters up to now still regard abortion as evil without considering the circumstances involved.

“This is a globe issue. We are losing a lot of women and girls out there. We need your support, women and girls, young people, rise up and speak so that we have the abortion bill passed in parliament. It is also my plea that young people should access Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights services,” said Kaliya.

In an interview Chikwawa Youth Champion Chairperson, Rangerson Ngirazi hailed some duty bearers for their support in advocating for safe abortion as well as access to SRHR services among young people.

He then asked parliament to soften the bill which will see more lives saved.

Guest of honor to the event, Dr. Mathews Ngwale, who is Parliamentary Committee Chairperson on Health said there was need for action so that lives of many girls are women are saved.

“We are losing out a lot of people who are seeking unsafe abortions as they do not have better options. It’s now time to change our approach,” said Dr. Ngwale who also called for demonstrations among young people if need be.

He added Kamuzu University of Health Sciences produces more qualified doctors who can provide safe abortion services year in and out.

In Malawi 339 women out of 100,000 die while others get lifetime complications due to unsafe abortion.


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