Rochas Okorocha Signs Women’s Right To Have Abortion into Law In Imo State


Rochas-Okorocha3Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has just signed into law a bill which, among other things, permits women to procure an abortion when they need it. The bill was sponsored by the Majority Leader and Imo state house member representing Ahiazu Mbaise state constituency, Mrs. Ihuoma Adekunle, the law is to be cited as “Imo State of Nigeria, Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law Number 12 of 2012”.

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According to Vanguard, under the new law, every woman in Imo State shall “have the right to enjoy reproductive rights, including rights to medical abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest and where the continued pregnancy endangers the life or the physical, mental, psychological or emotional health of the mother.”

The law also stipulates that “every woman shall have the right to take decisions about her health needs and requirements.” The law was very specific that a woman “shall have the right to determine the processes concerning reproduction in her body.”

Okorocha also approved that every woman should have a right to health, which should be understood to mean enjoyment of the highest level of physical, mental and social well-being and healthcare services.
These provisions include everything relating to family planning.

While this is amazing and welcome news to me, it’s no surprise there are those woman haters for whom it is the end of the world. The Catholic Medical Practitioners Association, through their chairman, Dr. Phillip Njemanze, has reacted angrily to the law, arguing that “the law is anti-God, dehumanizing and totally unacceptable to the association.”

Hear him, “The law is devastating. With its signing into law by Governor Okorocha, abortion has been legalized in the state and anybody, just anybody can now ask for abortion as a right in the state.”
While recalling that the National Assembly had earlier rejected the bill, especially as it was against humanity, Njemanze reasoned that the law would encourage human egg trafficking.

For people like Njemanze, women are nincompoops that cannot take decisions concerning their own body and health. If a woman decides to sell her own eggs, how is that your concern? Who gets these young woman who need abortion pregnant, is it not randy old men who continue to rape and take advantage of young women?

Most importantly, is a clean healthy abortion not better than a quack procedure that will put the life and future reproductive health of a woman at risk?

What’s your attitude to this ‘abortion law’? Are you for or against it? And why?

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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