Is abortion not related to issue of privacy?

Under our law in Nigeria, abortion is criminalized.

Any person  (This covers everyone including Doctors, Boyfriends, Herbalists, parents, friends, among others) who intend to procure miscarriage of a woman whether pregnant or not, and “unlawfully administers to her or causes her to take any poison or other noxious thing, or uses any force of any kind, or uses any other means whatever, is guilty of a felony….” [1]

A woman with the intention of procuring her own miscarriage, “performs the same acts, is likewise guilty.[2]

Also, any person who unlawfully supplies or procures for anyone anything, with intention that it will be used for the miscarriage of a woman who may or may not be pregnant, is also guilty of a crime.[3]


[1] Section 228 of the Criminal Code

[2] Section 229 of the Criminal Code

[3] Section 230 of the Criminal Code