Bayefiine 15, female and student is pregnant for her older peer, who accepted responsibility for it.
Her parents are insisting she must abort the baby because of the shame they believe the discovery of her ‘unwanted pregnancy’ will bring to them in the comity of their community, friends and religious associates, Jaiye’s dad being a religious leader of repute.
Bayefiine sober and repentant, however feels she should be allowed to have her baby. She fears for her life and her belief, gleaned from her father’s past messages that God is against abortion haunts her.
What exactly is this unwanted pregnancy thing? Does a pregnancy become unwanted because a teenager is carrying it or because she was not prepared and supported not to have it in the first instance?
Is a pregnancy unwanted because the teenage boy ends up impregnating his peer, when he is not ready for it or because he is not prepared and supported to see the positive side of masculinity and a commitment to protect his female friend and peer?
Fellow Parliametarians, the matter is over to you, what is our candid advise to the parties and what are your views about the issues raised here.
When we talk about unwanted pregnancies among our teenager, who is the number culprit and when does a pregnancy can actually be termed unwanted?