Ekiti Yoruba village women in southwest Nigeria make use of traditional and'patent'medicines as abortifacients as well as D & Cs performed in urban centers to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
This paper examines present day abortion practices and attitudes and relates them to traditional beliefs about conception, fetal development and infertility.
These beliefs, along with factors of economy and access, help to explain the continued use of abortion as a form of birth control, despite the presence of other options.
The paper concludes with a discussion of the current debate about legalizing abortion in Nigeria and a recommendation consonant with everyday village practice.
Mots-clés Pascal : Avortement provoqué, Perception sociale, Femme, Milieu rural, Nigéria, Sud ouest, Croyance, Milieu culturel, Comportement, Ethnie, Médecine traditionnelle, Législation, Ekiti, Homme, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Induced abortion, Social perception, Woman, Rural environment, Nigeria, Southwest, Belief, Cultural environment, Behavior, Ethnic group, Folk medicine, Legislation, Human, Africa
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