Abortion in Zimbabwe is illegal as provided for under the Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1977 [Chapter 15:10]. The crime of unlawful termination carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.”
Abortion is a sensitive subject because so many issues are at play. The image above shows you how society can easily influence one’s decision. The very same influencers will turn back and ask why you chose to keep a baby you couldn’t take care of? Like who’s side are you on exactly? Taking care of another human being is taxing, from diapers, formula, clothes, medical care; you really have to be up for it otherwise you might come out of it with stress instead of the happiness you hoped for.
Yesterday someone on Twitter had a poll that asked if men should have a say when it comes to abortion. I replied him and said that yes a man can voice his opinion but at the end of the day it was the woman’s body that was going to go through all the changes so ultimately the final decision lies with her. I’m a mother, I’ve gone through pregnancy and that ride was not a walk over. My body and my mental health was never the same again so if anyone chooses not to walk down that path I would never judge them.
I asked a few of my #BlogIndaba friends their thoughts on abortion and this is what they had to share;
The number of babies I’ve seen and I’ve treated in children’s homes, hospitals (one mom gave birth in Harare Hospital and left the baby; upped and left) is depressing. The adoption system is in shambles. I have a couple wanting to adopt. They have the means, they have the desire but one year later we’re still waiting. I don’t like the idea of abortion, but I have to come to terms with the fact that people have different principles than me. I’d rather advocate for safe abortions than those backdoor ones because they do happen, and we can’t act like they’re not. If we can have free contraception, things that cost a bomb in other countries; contraception is expensive elsewhere, surely we can have low-cost abortions. Yes, it has many implications, because it’s terminating a pregnancy. Her hormones are all over the place, and some will grieve. So that’s when you need sensitive people who will counsel before and after abortion. So yeah… that’s me.
I’m pro-abortion. We all have our reasons for not being able to keep a child. Finances, negligence, a case of rape. The reasons vary.
I’m pro-abortion. Backyard abortions are rampant and it’s only right to lessen it by legalising abortion.
I think people with issues on this should visit children homes and hear some stories that come with children who were simply dumped and someone else found them and chose to take care of them. I personally think if you are not ready to fend for a child abortion is a good idea. Most of us have sex with condoms not really because we scared of diseases but mostly fear of getting pregnant.
In my opinion these are some of the reasons why some women would choose to have an abortion:
- Age, maybe you’re too young. Having a child when you are still in your teens might change your life forever and disrupt your learning life. However, it has worked out for some. Maybe you are too old; there are a lot of complications that come with having a child when you’re old and one of them is giving birth to a child with special needs. When you’re older you have less energy to be up and about now add a child to the mix…
- You are not yet financially stable. Imagine the situation for the majority of Zimbabweans, most people do not have any form of income and adding another mouth to feed to an already existing issue can only spell disaster.
- Your partner is not forthcoming and you don’t want to have to deal with dead beat daddy issues so you save yourself the drama. One day when you are free take a trip to Civil Court and listen to some of the child maintenance cases where men are not taking care of their children. Some men are offering to pay $20 a month to their ex spouses who they walked out on 3 kids later.
- It’s an unplanned pregnancy. In case you didn’t know contraceptive methods aren’t 100% effective and you could be doing everything right but still fall pregnant.
- You simply don’t want a child right now. Not everyone wants to have children but almost everyone wants to have sex, that’s not a crime AT ALL.
I’m anti-abortion. A friend of mine was forced to abort because the baby had a weak heartbeat and it wouldn’t survive. It was a medical abortion but she did get sick for a while.
I can think of a couple of reasons why I would join the anti-abortion wagon;
- It might be the only child you will ever be able to conceive. If children were a big part of your life plan and that one abortion incident is the reason you can’t have anymore children you will probably be filled with regret for the rest of your life.
- In as much as a pregnancy was unplanned what else did you expect to happen if you were actively engaged in unprotected sex? I’ve heard of incidents where a boyfriend will deny his girlfriend’s pregnancy; last time I checked “You won’t be pouring fanta down her vagina” it’s sperm my friend and unprotected sex comes with consequences. You must learn to take responsibility for your actions.
- The act of abortion might haunt you for the rest of your life especially if it’s in the later stages of pregnancy.
- Depending on which type (legal or back door) of abortion you choose to have it might affect your health. Some of the unsafe abortion methods I’ve heard about include bathing in scorching hot water, using a coat hanger or knitting needle, drinking ghastly tasting herbs. Chances of you damaging your internal organs are very likely or the worst case scenario is death; will any of this be worth it in the end?
There are so many layers to abortion, I can’t possibly cover all of them in one blog post. The one thing I strongly feel our society needs to emphasise on is sex education. A lot of people from my generation had to hunt and gather information regarding our sexual health through various and not so reliable sources. We can do better by being honest and open with children where sexual health is concerned. You can read some of my experiences on the subject; The Birds & The Bees and My Birth Control Experience.
My final thoughts when it comes to abortion; babies eat money, have them at your own risk! On a serious note, I’m pro whatever makes you sleep at night, at the end of the day you are the one who has to live with the decision you choose to make.
Friends from Facebook shared their thoughts here. What are your thoughts on the subject ?