They have all had unwanted pregnancies. They have also ‘terminated’ their pregnancies either through abortion or abandonment.
Contraception is very inexpensive in Nigeria. A month’s supply of oral pills can be purchased for as low as N50 ($0.15). Emergency contraceptive pill can be obtained for N150 ($0.40) Sayana Press, a three-month contraceptive injection is sold for N600 only ($1.40).
These prices can be paid by many Nigerian women yet eerie stories flood our newspapers in different parts of Nigeria: ‘Baby left in a plastic bag ‘, ‘Day –old baby dumped in a septic outlet‘. No region or state in Nigeria is immune to the scourge with ugly reports coming in from Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Abuja, Kebbi, Kwara, Nassararwa, Benue, Jigawa, Edo, Bauchi, Niger etc.
These tragedies show that although contraceptives are available, accessible and affordable, and information is readily available to women through different platforms, there are still a lot of young girls and women who don’t have access to the above. That’s why we all need to be ‘advocates’ to every woman including our sisters, friends, neighbours, colleagues at work, school, or church and tell them that there is wide choice of contraceptive methods suitable for everyone.