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In Ghana, building legal literacy on abortion
Friday, May 03, 2013
As a recent Global Press Institute article notes: “Doctors say young women in Ghana resort to self-induced abortions because they and even local police and health care professionals are unclear on abortion laws.” That’s why Ipas offers training workshops for police officers and legal prosecutors on the country’s abortion law and issues surrounding reproductive health and rights.
Increasingly, abortion providers and women feel that law enforcement is on their side. “The police have gone to the service provision centers and told the providers, ‘We are here to support you. If you have any challenges, please call us,’” says Dr. Koma S. Jehu-Appiah, director of Ipas Ghana.