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Rwanda dossier: the magnitude of abortion

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By Robert Mugabe

newsdesk@greatlakesvoice.com

Kigali, Rwanda-Approximately 60,000 women have abortions each year in Rwanda. 25 out of 1000, according to a study which identifies, for the first time, the magnitude of the problem in this country.

Abortion should be legal in some cases.

The survey – conducted by the Rwandan Ministry of Health and an American institute specializing in reproductive health, the Guttmacher Institute – details the reasons and risks of abortions in Rwanda. The abortion is prohibited, but the law is being revised.

Main cause of abortion, according to this study: accidental pregnancies, and in fact, 47% of pregnant women would not have wanted their baby.

The survey estimated that about 60,000 the number of abortions each year.

Moreover, in 2009, more than 16 000 Rwandan women had to resort to health care due to the consequences of abortions.

The induced abortions are performed clandestinely, the law prohibiting it for now.

The risks of complications are many because most abortions are performed by unskilled workers such as traditional doctors, pharmacists using unsafe methods, even pregnant women themselves – and often in conditions that do not meet hygiene standards.

These findings are published figures while the Rwandan penal code is being revised.

Abortion should be legal in some cases: in case of pregnancy after a rape when a woman became pregnant as a result of traditional practices, it has been a shotgun wedding or was the victim of incest.

If, finally, or the continued pregnancy endangers the health of the unborn child and mother.

In other cases, the law provides for sentences ranging from 2 to 20 years imprisonment for anyone who deliberately aborts.

The Catholic Church in Rwanda, for its part, as the Vatican, believes that nothing can justify what she sees as a premeditated murder.

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