African woman says that abortion is common

From an African Basankusu woman:

“Abortion is a common event indeed, and it is almost always devised and carried out without the husband’s knowledge. The woman often manages to keep it a secret, aided by the solidarity of the neighborhood. The motives for aborting may be as various as family quarreling, the failure to pay part of the dowry, or a serious offense. Also, a woman may be induced to abort by a desire for revenge against her husband.”

Quoted by A Romaniuk in Maria Rosa Cutrufelli Women of Africa: Roots of Oppression (London: Zed Press, 1983) 140

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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