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Socio-economic Factors Push Women, Girls in Cameroon to Seek Backstreet Abortions
High risks associated with unsafe abortions in Cameroon don’t deter women and girls here. Economic, social, legal and religious pressures – combined with a lack of information about and access to reproductive health services – often override fear of health risks.

BAMENDA, CAMEROON – Lina, 27, says that when she was 23, her friend told her that she was pregnant. The friend’s boyfriend deserted her when she told him.

Lina, who declined to give her full name for privacy reasons, proposed that they talk to her friend’s mother, but her friend said this wasn’t an option because her mother was Christian and would throw her out of the house for getting pregnant before marriage. Lina says they decided their only option was for her friend to get an abortion out of town where no one would recognize them and no official records would be kept.

She says that they consulted their peers on where they could get a quick and cheap abortion and were referred to a “doctor.” But Lina says that when they arrived at the address they were given, it was not a hospital or a clinic and the doctor was not a licensed professional.  

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Socio-economic Factors Push Women, Girls in Cameroon to Seek Backstreet Abortions

High risks associated with unsafe abortions in Cameroon don’t deter women and girls here. Economic, social, legal and religious pressures – combined with a lack of information about and access to reproductive health services – often override fear of health risks.

BAMENDA, CAMEROON – Lina, 27, says that when she was 23, her friend told her that she was pregnant. The friend’s boyfriend deserted her when she told him.

Lina, who declined to give her full name for privacy reasons, proposed that they talk to her friend’s mother, but her friend said this wasn’t an option because her mother was Christian and would throw her out of the house for getting pregnant before marriage. Lina says they decided their only option was for her friend to get an abortion out of town where no one would recognize them and no official records would be kept.

She says that they consulted their peers on where they could get a quick and cheap abortion and were referred to a “doctor.” But Lina says that when they arrived at the address they were given, it was not a hospital or a clinic and the doctor was not a licensed professional.  


Read more: http://www.globalpressinstitute.org/global-news/africa/cameroon/socio-economic-factors-push-women-girls-cameroon-seek-backstreet-abortio#ixzz1QlDKn3PT

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