Social, medical and other factors that increase the abortion rate:

We have a hunch that the vast majority of adults in Africa who would like to see the abortion rate reduced, could be far more effective if they focused their effort on changing some of these factors.

Sex-education: Decreases abortion rate: The percentage of students in public schools who receive some form of sex-education has been increasing over the past few decades. Studies have shown that sex-ed tends to defer sexual activity among students. This reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies and thus the need for abortions.

Increases rate: There is a movement towards sex-education that heavily stresses abstinence until marriage. If abstinence is the only message taught, then those students who decide to become sexually active will not receive information from the sex-ed course on how to prevent conception. This may increase the number of unwanted abortions and thus the number of abortions sought by this group. Of course, many students will obtain contraceptive information from other sources of information: family planning clinics, the Internet, movies, TV programs, etc.

Scare tactics: Decreases rate: Some pro-life groups have been spreading post abortion danger, that abortions are dangerous, often lead to breast cancer, often cause permanent infertility and death after abortion etc. In fact, the death rate either from legal or illegal abortions performed in clinics is much higher in Afica, Nigeria in Particular than the maternal fatality rate giving birth. That is, it is dangerious for the woman to have an abortion than to proceed to a live birth. abortion. The danger of an improper abortion that leads to infertility is very high.

Time interval between puberty and marriage: Increases rate: In the past in some other countries of the world today, the time interval between puberty and marriage was measured in weeks or months. Puberty is now occurring at younger ages, and the average...