DOI: 10.5176/2251-3809_LRPP19.175

Authors: Dr. Ganiat Mobolaji Olatokun PhD

Abstract: The Penal Laws in Nigeria has made it a crime to commit abortion, except to save the life of the mother. If found guilty, the woman as well as the provider are liable to imprisonment of up to 7years and 14years respectively. Despite these laws, a report by Performance monitoring and Accountability (PMA) 2010, in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation indicates that over 2 million cases of abortion occur in Nigeria in 2018, according to the survey conducted between April and May. There has also been several failed attempts to lobby for the passage of a bill to legalize abortion in Nigeria, with the hope of reducing the high rate of abortion. This has revealed the failure on the part of the laws to solve the problem of the alarming rate of abortion in Nigeria. It is against this backdrop that this work set out to initiate the possibility of overcoming the current high rate of abortion in Nigeria using a non-legal approach in the guise of the malaria model encompassing a massive campaign against malaria employed by the Nigerian government which succeeded in reducing to the barest minimum, the high rate of the dreaded disease. This is a library based research aimed at producing critical synopsis of an existing area of research writing. At the end of the work, it became vivid that the malaria model is capable of producing the long awaited result of reduction of the high rate of abortion in Nigeria.

Keywords: Abortion, health, Malaria, Mortality, Women


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