ABORTION AS A CAUSATIVE FACTOR TO THE INCREASE IN MORTALITY RATE AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN UYO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF NIGERIA


ABORTION AS A CAUSATIVE FACTOR TO THE INCREASE IN MORTALITY RATE AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN UYO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF NIGERIA 

ABSTRACT

Nigeria society is very much concerned about the mortality rate of adolescents due to abortion.  Abortion has been the major cause of adolescents death in present times.  Today, abortion when performed by experts may not result in adolescents death.  The selection of the schools was by random sampling.  The aim of this research was to look into the issue and determine the opinion of parents, students, and teachers in Ovia south-West Local Government on abortion and the major cause of adolescent mortality.  The research tool was a questionnaire designed to collect necessary information from the respondents.  With the analysis of the data obtained, conclusions were drawn and necessary recommendations were made.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PAGES

Title page                        -        -        i

Certification                    -        -        ii

Dedication                    -        -        iii

Acknowledgement                -        -        iv

Abstract                        -        -        vi

Table of Contents                -        -        vii

CHAPTER ONE:  INTRODUCTION

Background of Study                -        -        1

Statement of Problem                -        -       

Purpose of Study                -        -       

Significance of Study                -        -       

Research of Study                -        -       

Limitation of Study                -        -       

Delimitation                    -        -       

Definition of Terms                -        -       

CHAPTER TWO:  LITERATURE REVIEW

Types of Abortion                -        -       

Reasons why Adolescents engage in abortion    -       

Consequences of induced abortion    -        -       

Ways of preventing abortion among adolescents

in Nigeria                        -        -       

Summary of Review of Literature    -        -       

CHAPTER THREE: METHODOLOGY

Design of the Study                -        -       

Population                     -        -       

Sample and Sampling Procedure    -        -       

Instrumentation                    -        -       

Validity of Instrument            -        -       

Reliability of Instrument            -        -       

Method of data collection            -        -       

Data analysis                    -        -       

CHAPTER FOUR:  DATA ANALYSIS

Analysis of Research Questions        -        -       

Discussion of Findings            -        -       

CHAPTER FIVE:  SUMMARY, FINDINGS, CONCLUSION, AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Summary                        -        -       

Findings                        -        -       

Conclusion                    -        -       

Recommendations                -        -       

Bibliography                    -        -       

Appendix                        -        -       

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

Background of Study

    Abortion is a relatively used term.  It is the word used to describe the act of termination or destruction of a pregnancy.  It could also mean a plan or arrangement, which goes wrong before it can develop properly, or termination of a pregnancy of a woman before it reaches full term.     Abortion as we are concerned within this study is the act of stopping the development of a child inside a woman especially by a medical operation (Okonofua, 2001).  Many teenage girls engage in an unsafe abortion without the help of a medical doctor without considering the effects that this abortion will have on them.

    Vanrell (1986) abortion is an age-old practice.  It was universally practiced but was not universally accepted.  It was seen as a social evil, one that brought down the curse of the gods.  The evil notion that the primitive people had about abortion was so profound that it was believed in some tribes that is a woman who has just procure an abortion could cause a man to be sterile and that abortion can also disrupt the balance of nature.

    The reasons above did not stop the practice of abortion among primitive people.  A woman in the olden days would rather have their child terminated, rather than raised in slavery.

    Pregnancy involving members of the same family were aborted because it was seen as taboo, lactating woman who became pregnant was aborted to ensure the flow of milk for the new baby.

    Primitive men used crude, traumatic, and ineffective means to terminate the pregnancy and most of the victims died.  Today, abortion continues to be practiced whether forbidden or accepted for a variety of social, political, economic, and religious reasons that are not completely different from those given by the primitive man.

    Over the years man has improved in science and technology and has been able to tackle problems more effectively than the primitive man.  Man has been able to eradicate a lot of diseases from the planet of the earth, has invented easier and faster means of cooking, transportation, and lives in a better environment than the primitive man.

    If a modern man has been able to visit the moon, invent airplanes and eradicate a lot of diseases from the face of the earth, is seen as less primitive, then why is he still very primitive in the way he solves the problem of unwanted pregnancies.

    Abortion is seen by many people in the world today, as immoral, an act that calls for punishment from both God and man.  Many others still see it as a means of regulating the population and balancing the socio-economic need of the family.   According to Myles (1990), abortion is a life-threatening issue that has claimed the lives of thousands of young women and girls all over the world.  It is an issue that concerns everyone in society, no matter what your stand on abortion is?

    Abortion is one of the most explosive issues of the decade, igniting, raging debates in political, social, medical, and theological fields all over the world.  For instance, let us consider the state of a confused young girl of fifteen years who gets pregnant, and she desperate for a solution because she is unable to face the consequences of being pregnant at fifteen.

    This young girl may not even know who is responsible for a pregnancy, and even know that she is pregnant until obvious signs of pregnancy (protruding abdomen) being to show.  This young girl then discovers she is pregnant and decides to procure an abortion either on her own or with the aid of someone.

    The image is frightening that a young girl of such a tender age, both physically and emotionally immature finds herself in an operating room where she gives up her body and her life to the sharp instrument of the abortionist.  On the other hand, this young girl may decide to procure the abortion herself or she may find herself in the hand of other quacks such as peers, native doctors, nurses, and other paramedical quacks.  If after the abortion, this young girl dies or she survives with severe complications either as a result of self procured abortion or that carried out by a qualified abortionist and other quacks.  Who is to be blamed for her death?  Is it her parents, teachers, school friends, the young girl herself, the abortionist, or the society as a whole?

    The argument on who is responsible is endless but the heart of the matter is that when the death of this nature occurs, it is time to reflect on the abortion problem to find out what it is that makes these young girls who are still children procure abortion.  The plight of these young teenagers is pitiable, they have been exposed to sexual intercourse at a very tender age, they may have indulged in sex without being aware of the consequences of her action, an action which in fact speaks of their innocence and ignorance.

    Again, these young girls may have been lured into sex by their peers, older members of the community, who, in seeking pleasure, may deceive these young girls to engage in pre-marital sex.  These teenage girls find themselves in a state of ignominy as a result of their ignominious behavior, and in an attempt to get out of this state, they give themselves up for abortion, which makes their cases even more pathetic because abortion which they see as their savior is what destroys their lives, wombs and bodies, leaving them with a feeling of guilt and putting them into an emotionally unstable state.

    Many of these young girls are lured into committing abortion by their peers.  Thousands and something have to be done to remedy the situation.

    Okonofua (2001) therefore, these teenage girls should be educated in every way on the various complications associated with induced abortion.

Statement of Problem

    Despite the fact that a large number of women die every day all over the world as a result of abortion, the practice is still increasing.  It is a world growing problem and the rate at which is procured earned it the name:  The Abortion Epidemic.

    Okonofua (2001) stated that between twenty-six and fifty-three million abortions are carried out annually all over the world.  In developing countries, abortions are increasing fast and practical steps to deal with the situation are urgently needed.  The wastage of human beings through abortion in the past hundred years by far outnumber the wastage of human beings due to all world wars in the same period.  The wasted lives in the Nigerian/Biafran Civil War are far less than the wastage of human beings by abortion monthly.

    Abortion complication accounts for seventy-two percent of all deaths among young girls under the age of nineteen  (Okonofua, 2001).   Therefore most teenage girls die as a result of illegal abortion.  Despite the high death rate from abortion in Nigeria, many of our young girls still procure abortions.  Families have experienced the trauma of losing a child, marriages have been broken, because some young girls become barren before marriage as a result of abortion.  If the victims of abortion are not the only ones who suffer the effects of abortion, then why is society not getting involved in bringing a solution to the problem of abortion.

Purpose of Study

    The purpose of this study is to enlighten the Nigerian people especially young girls on the dangers and complications of abortion.  Also, to bring to the public, case of young girls who have paid the price of abortion in terms of physical health and emotional anguish.

    Also, to make recommendations based on findings and suggestions from religious leaders, doctors, teachers, students, and other members of the society as to what is the best solution to the abortion problem.

Significant of the Study

    The importance of the study is to create public awareness of the dangers of abortion and make necessary recommendations as to what is the alternative help to abortion.

    Also, as a way of discouraging young girls from procuring abortion and would also help the government in solving the problem

Research Question

1.    Do teenagers resort to abortion in the event of an unwanted pregnancy?

2.    Is abortion a reason for the increased mortality rate among adolescents?

3.    Do adolescents who engage in abortion have any chance of survival?

4.    Does peer pressure lead to the increase of abortion among adolescents in society?

Limitation of Study

    This study was conducted in Ovia South West Local government Area of Edo State.  The study was affected by inadequate textbooks and the reluctance of some of the respondents to fill the questionnaire during the exercise.

Delimitation

    This study (Abortion as a causative factor to the increase in the mortality rate among adolescents in Ovia South West Local government Area of Edo State) in no way attempted to determine the extent of the damaged one already by abortion to the lives of the young girls in Ovia Southwest Local Government Area.  It only attempted only to create public awareness of the abortion problem and sought the opinion of the people in order to find a solution.

Definition of Terms

MORTALITY:      Loss of life on a large scale.

ABORTION:    Termination of the pregnancy of a woman before it reaches full term.

ABORTIONSIST:    A person who gets money for doing abortion.

SAVIOUR:    A person or thing that saves from danger or loss.

TENDER AGE:        It is used to describe the young and inexperienced child.

PRIMITIVE MAN:    A man in the earliest stage of the development of human beings.

READILY:        That which is done quickly and willingly.

IMAGE:    A picture formed in the mind.

PRIMITIVE:    Not greatly developed or improved.

INNOCENCE:    a person having little experience of the world, and not able to recognized evil.

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