Study: Most women in Zambia do not know that abortion is free in public hospitals

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chinese clinicA new study by the University of Zambia and the London School of Economics shows that although safe abortion services are legally available in Zambia’s public health system and some non-government facilities, most women wanting to terminate a pregnancy opt for dangerous abortion procedures.

The main reasons for this, according to women treated for abortion complications in a public hospital in Zambia, are the lack of information on the legality and availability of safe abortion services and the stigma associated with abortion.

Dr Ernestina Coast, Associate Professor of Population Studies at the London School of Economics who conducted the study between 2012 and 2014 said the lack of information on the availability of abortion services is the biggest challenge to addressing unsafe abortion in Zambia.

And Dr Coast says the research also showed that women from all religious beliefs are likely to seek an abortion despite Zambia being a Christian nation.


5 Responses to Study: Most women in Zambia do not know that abortion is free in public hospitals

  1. I have been talking to young people about issues of sexuality. They have expressed disappointment that the adults who are supposed to be advising them are the ones who are promoting evil things like giving young people contraceptives and condoms, in the Post they write a lot about gay rights and abortion rights. These adults are confusing us, when are we going to study.
    I do not think abortion should be made free, not for religious reasons but you can see from the time this talk about free abortion started that the behavior of my fellow friends is very risky, maybe because they think they can easily abort.
    Why not focus on prevention, proper education instead of advertising abortion as if it is the best thing. Zambia must refuse to be used as a trial ground where anybody who wants to experiment comes and does some fake studies. What about AIDS, did these people do a study to check the effect of HIV on these ladies who are doing abortions?

    Please spare us from your population abortion promoting study Sir/ Madam.

    Back to sender

    March 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

  2. lol! Our ladies must behave well, HIV is a real killer. Soon the Zambian woman will not be worth marrying, ungadwale yaya! Wat is Government doing about this?

    Fresh cream
    March 13, 2015 at 11:18 am

  3. Just lookin’ 4 way of making money through abotion, what stigma? You Dr Coast, if you don’t respect God, you don’t force Christian Zambians to follow your pagan values. Even Moslems do not subscribe to killing unborn babies. Repent before it is too late, you will go to Hell. Hell is real, you will burn eternally!

    You girls having sex sex sex then abotion, you are destroying your lives. Mukafilwa uku kwata abana, elo nga mwaupwa, bakamitamfya. Balemibepa aba bene ba Dokota.stop sex and abotion bane.

    Im 20 years of age now. How have I managed, Im healthy without sex. It is possible to keep yourself.

    God bring judgement on all who are cheating women that abortion is ok. Instead of stoping women, you are even saying it is safe. Instead of advertising safe abotion and stopping people from bringing out the truth by accusing them of stigmataizing, give the right information. Ba Doctor imwe you need counselling. I agree with Kulibe, this doctor should go and do studies in her own country. My sister was careless, got herself pregnant and died last year after a so called safe abotion at a government clinic and had HIV. I am very angry with this posting- memories of my sister. These doctors should have told her the truth.

    Fake Lies
    March 13, 2015 at 11:48 am

    • My sister asked me for K300 for school requirements of which I borrowed and gave her. Her friend who escorted her said she had to pay the doctor some money. When the job was finished,she was given some medicine to take for some days of which she didnt get better, Me I thot she had malaria. I hear she started bleeding 3 days later then she went to UTH after one week. Again they took her for cleaning. At home, my sister became very sick. Since she was given more medicine at UTH, we thot she was going to get better. 2 weeks after giving my sister that money, she died at home. What safe abotion? I heard a doctor talkin on TV inviting ladies for abotion last month, shame on these doctors who dont want to tell the truth. You cant trust any doctor now- full of lies and lovers of money

      Fake Lies
      March 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm

  4. I heard of a doctor doing an abortion, when the baby came out alive he said to the nurse, wrap it and throw it away. It is true that our doctors have lost direction

    March 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

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