http://www.tribune.com.ng/index.php/strictly-femail/11499-why-do-women-abandon-their-babies Why do women abandon their babies?
BABIES are gifts from God, but the rate at which they are being abandoned these days is alarming. Abandoned babies are found in every nooks and crannies of our society and this development has become a thing of concern to motherhood and the society at large. Motherhood, they say, represent protection and love, but it is disheartening to see some mothers throwing away and abandoning their babies by road sides, refuse dumps, hospitals, etc. Some of the mothers of these abandoned babies leave letters stating reasons and how much they hate to abandon their babies, while some really don’t care. Strictly Femail conducted a vox pop asking women from different walks of life reasons some mothers abandon their babies. Excerpts: Omotolani Fatola, medical practitioner: - Women have different reasons for abandoning their babies. It could be that they were not married, it might be that somebody impregnates them and refuses to take responsibility of the child, it could probably be because of poverty. Although it is not right; to them, they have a reason. Some other women abandon their babies because they are not ready for them in the first place; they might have conceived them by mistake when they are teenagers. You can imagine a girl of 13 years getting pregnant, she wouldn’t want her parents to know, she could run off to a relative for a cover and after delivery, she either throws it away or abandons it. Olamide Daise, student: - I think women abandon their babies because they have no money to take care of them. Sometimes, the pregnancies are unwanted; some don’t have fathers to claim the children, while to others, their parents would be too embarrassed if they give birth to a fatherless child. Janet Gabriel, lawyer : Women abandon their babies for so many reasons. First, because the pregnancy is sudden and they don’t have means of...
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