…Ipas Country Director
March 23, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Ipas Country Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Valerie Tucker, has urged the need for women to have access to modern contraceptives to deal with the issue of unwanted pregnancies.
She was speaking in an exclusive interview with Concord Times during deliberations on the campaign to repeal the 1861 Abortion Law.
“As women, we want to have children in a careful way. We don’t want our children to destroy themselves in the street, especially those who don’t know about contraceptive pills,” she said.
Ms. Tucker pointed out that the government and other concerned organisations should openly discuss the issue, noting that women do not have the space to talk about reproductive health issues.
She added that some women, especially those that are married, do not have the right to make a choice on their reproductive status, claiming that most women and girls die from unsafe abortion because the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has failed to include sex education in the school curriculum.
“Our grand masters in England who left us with this law have changed it four times, while we are still here relying on it and looking towards religions for the repeal of this law. Government needs to repeal it so that the maternal mortality rate will reduce drastically,” she urged.