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Trop Doct. 1992 Apr;22(2):75-8.

Illegal induced abortion: a study of 74 cases in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Perinatology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Abstract

Seventy-four women with complications of induced abortion were studied prospectively at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Twenty of the women were interviewed privately to elicit confidential information and also to determine their attitudes to contraception and to the Nigerian national abortion law. The results showed that abortion is prevalent in all classes of women and in married as well as unmarried women. There were 13 maternal deaths, accounting for 35% of the maternal mortality in the hospital during the period. Sepsis was the most common cause of death, and most of the abortions complicated by sepsis had been performed by medical practitioners. Interviews with the women revealed that most of them had knowledge of contraception but were unwilling to use it because of wrong information. Most women did not know that abortion is illegal in Nigeria, but felt that it should be. Measures that could be of value in reducing abortion-associated maternal mortality in Nigeria include training and retraining of physicians in the management of abortion and of abortion complications, family planning education of all fertile women, provision of confidential family planning services and liberalization of the abortion law.

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  • Unwanted pregnancy. [Trop Doct. 1992]
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