BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2007, 18:24 GMT
Your comments: Abortion in Ghana
A market in Ghana

In Ghana abortion is illegal but each year thousands of women resort to secret, dangerous terminations.

The situation is being exploited by a large group of underground abortionists who are rarely caught.

Rosie Goldsmith visited Ghana to speak to affected women and to find out how the situation has got this bad.

We asked for your comments following our programme and this is what you had to say.

I think abortion is a woman's right if she decides it is best for her. Who else is better qualified to decide? No-one should have a role forced upon them by politicians, especially not such a crucial role as being a mother. Gender is no basis or excuse to dictate a human being's prerogative.
Joy, Edinburgh

It is not abortion that needs to be advertised it is contraception and condoms. Women are losing their lives but show no regard for the sanctity and life growing within them! This can be done by saying no, waiting until married and ready, or using contraception or adoption! More unborn babies are killed for career and selfish reasons than anything else. Use the money for contraception not botched surgeries.
Lee, London

I am an 18 year old gap year student. There is no doubt that these women desperately wanted to be free of their unwanted pregnancies. So much so in fact that they were willing to risk the possibility of death in the process. If a person wants something so much that they are willing to risk their lives for it, what right do have we as outsiders, and the no doubt male dominated government of Ghana, to deny them that need. Children should be born into loving, caring families who genuinely want them and not into the lives of young single mothers who have had the child forced upon them, with barely enough money to feed themselves and no partner to provide either emotional or financial support.
Laura Towey, Worcester/ UK

We should be supporting and speaking up for organisations in Ghana which advocate safer sex. Condoms should be free and young people should be encouraged to use them. Sexual acts outside marriage shouldn't been seen as a sin. If young pregnant women are not seen as sinners, they are more likely to be open with their family and community, thus receiving much needed support.
Rupal, London

It seems that these young ladies keen to continue their education need to learn about the consequences of their actions. if they don't want babies they either need to practice safe sex or learn to say no.
Megan, Cheshire, UK

This is really disturbing and not new to me. It breaks my heart to read this, because I grew up thinking to have an abortion was a sin. Nonetheless, I know it is inhumane to allow females to suffer terrible side effects from a procedure that should be easier than childbirth.
Naa, NY, US

Your article and questions are a barely veiled attempted to champion the legalisation of abortion in Africa. Enough with this Western moral imperialism when your own morality is bankrupted. Africans are overwhelmingly against abortion (for cultural and religious reasons). You have only presented one side, that of the "poor woman" who is a "victim" of unsafe abortion. Why not try to prevent the need for abortion in the first place or seek to put in place safer alternatives to abortion like adoption. In cases when the physical health and life of the mother is in danger, then safe and legal abortion should be considered. This is a far cry from abortion as a convenience for irresponsible sexual choices and career goals.
Alain Maashe, US / Cameroon

I think the stories of these young women in Ghana serve as a reminder to women everywhere that we must fight to ensure reproductive choice in our own nations to protect the health and welfare of all women. Where I live in California, there are really no restrictions on abortion, and public funding for the procedure for low-income people. In many states in the US the right to a safe, legal abortion is continually under threat. These stories from Ghana serve as a graphic reminder of what will be at risk if we allow Roe vs Wade to be reversed.
Elaine, Los Angeles

The most obvious solution is the one most overlooked. Say no to abortion; either legal or illegal! What is it about the word "no"' that you don't understand? Gone are the days when there was stigma attached to having a child out of wedlock; just look at the movie stars!
Dunstan Hartley, Australia

It is a true shame that not enough people in Europe and the Americas are not aware of what is going on in Ghana. If this country does not allow abortions then they should also forbid the man from abandoning his right to be a father. It is the year 2007 and I am tired of seeing unreactive people.
Andrea Gallego, London

Please introduce safe sex, for instance condoms.
Daina, Sweden

Maternal death is a massive problem throughout the developing world, yet something the Western public know little about. Maternity Worldwide is a registered charity working hard to save lives in childbirth.
Sarah Handley, Maternity Worldwide

The comments we publish are not necessarily the views of the BBC but will reflect the balance of views we have received. It is helpful if contributors state if they work for any organisation relevant to an issue discussed. Readers should form their own views on whether messages published represent undeclared interests, or views prompted by a common source.

Crossing Continents


Download or subscribe to this programme's podcast

Podcast Help


Ghana's illegal abortions
04 Jan 07 |  Crossing Continents
'My illegal abortion regrets'
24 Feb 06 |  Africa
Should abortion be legal?
28 Feb 06 |  Africa
Country profile: Ghana
20 Dec 06 |  Country profiles

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific