Women in Nigeria fight for access to safe abortions

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Under Nigerian law, abortion is illegal except when the life of the mother is in danger. This leaves girls or women with unwanted pregnancies to seek out unsafe abortions or carry to term. Rape is not an exception. But survivors and activists want to see this change. DW’s Amaka Okoye went to a shelter in Abuja, where she met women trying to challenge the stigma around abortion.

Over 6000 women in Nigeria die annually from abortion complications.

There’s no official data, but medical experts say most deaths result from unsafe abortions

The debate in Nigeria continues, whether to allow abortions legally.

One thing that many agree on is that the laws haven’t stopped women from getting abortions.

Instead, most end up in the hands of non-professionals, putting their lives at risk.


Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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