- Ghana and Nigeria have the highest online search interest in abortion pills
- In Ghana, abortions are only allowed in the event of rape, incest, or serious medical complications
It has been revealed that Ghana and Nigeria top every other country in the world when it comes to online search interest in abortion pills.
This is according to a comprehensive report, which was analysed by the BBC.
It was found that aside online searches, women use apps like WhatsApp and other technology platforms to buy pills and share medical advice.
The report also revealed that since 2008, global online searches on abortion pills have more than doubled.
The figure, the report says, is much higher in countries where abortion is branded as an illegal act.
In Ghana, for instance, abortions are illegal, unless it came about as a result of rape, or serious medical complications.
The laws in Nigeria equally frown on abortions, as termination of pregnancy is only allowed under life-threatening situations.
Defaulters of this are punishable by law, and could serve up to 14 years in prison.
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The report indicates that such stringent laws could be a reason why most women around the globe prefer to perform the abortions themselves, hence the term “DIY (do it yourself) abortion.”
The DIY procedure is two-pronged: surgical and medical and the medical method involves taking multiple pills: Misoprostol and Mifeprostone, the report says.
Among the top terms searched online were "How to use Misoprostol", "Misoprostol price", "buy Misoprostol", and "Misoprostol dosage”.
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