PPAG Centre Performs 2,000 Abortions In 3 Years In Cape Coast

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The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) centre in Cape Coast undertakes at least three abortions a day.

Clients to the facility come from as far as Elubo in the Western Region and Kumasi in the Ashanti Region for services.

The Youth Programme officer of the PPAG, Mr Michael Tagoe, said this had been the situation for the past four years.

This translates to about 2,000 aborted pregnancies over the period.

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Abortion is illegal in Ghana and is only to be conducted when the pregnancy is the result of rape or defilement or incest and the abortion or miscarriage is requested by the victim or her next of kin of the person if she lacks the capacity to make such request.

Again, one could abort a pregnancy where the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman or injury to her physical or mental health or where there is substantial risk that if the child is born it may suffer from or later develop a serious physical abnormality or disease.

Mr Tagoe said the situation presented a grim picture of the many unplanned pregnancies in the country.Advertisement

Mr Tagoe was speaking at a workshop to sensitize heads of vocational institutions, apprenticeship and artisanal groups to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender Equality in Cape Coast.

Source: Graphic

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