Dr. Nighat Shah in her presenÂtation “Myths, Contraception and Women Rights” observed with deep concern the non-existent prevalence of contraceptives in the country consequently leading to a situation where rate of abortion was extremely high.
Referring to available statisÂtics, she mentioned that abortion induced deaths among Pakistani women comes to one out of every 150 abortions while in developed countries like Sweden it was one of every 150,00,000.
The very situation in Pakistan was said to be under the circumÂstances when abortion is not allowed under law, with the excepÂtion of serious threat to the mothÂer’s life.
According to the doctor the law has emerged as a factor where the women resort to approach unqualified professionals to abort their unwanted pregnancies and often land in extremely serious conditions at different governÂment hospitals.
The consultant gynecologist strongly opined the need to empower women helping them to make major decisions regardÂingtheir personal selves and the size of family they would like to prefer.
She also explicitly discussed varied modes of contraÂception mentioning that there were not only misconception about their impact on a womari’s health but very often it were their spouses who preÂvailed upon them and their docÂtors not to avail the same
Dr. Shershah referring to high incidence of maternal mortality and morbidity in the country Âcoming to 30,000 and 40 million respectively mentioned that one fourth of all maternal deaths in Pakistan was due to terminated pregnancy.
Source: Daily Times