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Marie Stopes Positon On Safe Abortion Bill

Marie Stopes Positon On Safe Abortion Bill

Speaking to members of parliament on the safe abortion bill which was levied at parliament for consultation and education, Dr. Roland Williamson Taylor in his presentation discussed two main methods on safe abortion, adding that there are two methods the surgical methods  and the medical methods

The surgical method which ranging up to twelve and fourteen weeks and it is at this point that they are now using the Manual Vacuum  Aspiration  and the Electric  Vacuum  Aspiration maintaining that the Dilatation and Evacuation method

The Medical Abortion  which is up to nine weeks  their by using the Mifepristone and Misoprostol but when Mifepristone is not available you can use the Misoprostol alone

Dr, Taylor also ask question as to whether the Health system equipped to to implement the Abortion Bill.  One of the issues is regarded due to the prevalence of women needing post Abortion care as a result of unsafe abortion, adding that the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has developed  technical guidelines disclosing that our health system is already dealing with  thousand of women in Sierra Leone who seek treatment for complications from unsafe abortion performed outside the health facilities putting large burden on our health system

He disclosed that in 2013 the Ministry of Health reported  almost 20 percent of obstetric  complications admissions were for abortion complications

Adding that the W.H.O guidance strongly recommends task sharing for abortion and contraception  it is safe , effective .

Women often prefer midlevel providers in his call to action he commended Hon Isata Kabia  who brought  the safe abortion bill in 2015 to parliament forwarded as a private members bill thereby recognizing the important benefit it could bring to the women of Sierra Leone.

By Abdulai Bangura

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