Thoughts on the Imo State Abortion Law

Imo state house of assembly just signed a bill into law. The law was called The Law entitled "Imo State Law of Nigeria Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) law No 12". Sounds nice right? But within the lengthy paragraphs and grammar that makes up this law is a section that goes contrary to everything nigerians and igbos in particular hold sacred.

On page 38 of the Bill, whose aims was listed as "to prohibit all forms of violence including physical, physiological, domestic, harmful traditional practices, discrimination against remedies for victims and punishment of offenders." in section 40 from paragraph (g) - (i) is a provision that is synonymous to declaring the right of every woman to abortion. the section of the new is shown below.

Every woman shall have a right to health, which shall be understood to mean the enjoyment of the highest level of physical, mental and social well-being, health care services, including those related to family planning in particular, rural woman shall have the right to have access to adequate health care facilities, including information, counselling and services in family planning.

Every woman shall have the rights to take decisions about her health needs and requirement. In particular, she shall have the right to determine the process concerning reproduction in her body.

Every woman shall have the right to enjoy reproductive rights including the right to medical abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest and where the continued pregnancy endangers the life or the physical, mental, physiological or emotional health of the mother. (Emphasis added.)
 A lot of people have 'rightly' attacked the governor and the legislators not for just passing the bill into law. But for shrouding it in so much secrecy and hiding such very sensitive matter from the public. some suggests that it is beacuse they know the masses will stand against it.

Then that brings us to the question of what exactly is the work of the legislators? Is it to make what ever law they like or to make law that represent the interest and the yearning of the people they represent? I think the latter is right answer to the question. And if that is the case, then the imo state house of assembly have failed in its duty to the masses.

Now there is another damning technicality to this new law. The multiplier effect of this law on the various neighboring states. Persons from neighboring Anambra, Abia, Rivers states can travel from their states to Imo state to perform an abortion and they cannot be held to have committed any crime.

Just picture the rippling effect such scenario will have on our young ladies. People can argue that abortion though illegal, is a frequent occurence in Nigeria. Hence, why the uproar? it is true that abortion is a common place in our society today, but it should be frowned at.

The greatest of all sins is murder. And this bill which seeks to eliminate violence against women by declaring violence against babies in the womb is the worst form of murder 


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