A 16-year-old girl in Ghana is dead after she took an abortion drug that her boyfriend and a female friend allegedly gave her to kill her unborn child.
Peace FM Online reports that the unnamed girl was taken to a hospital on Dec. 31 in Bogoso, Ghana, not long after she began complaining of abdominal pains and vomiting.
Regional Crime Officer, Superintendent Reuben Asiwoko reported more details to the news agency:
However, her condition worsened so she was referred to the Tarkwa Government Hospital on January 1, 2016, where it was diagnosed that she attempted abortion.
Supt. Asiwoko said the deceased’s condition was not improving so she was transferred to the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
But before her transfer, the deceased mentioned her boyfriend and a female friend as those who gave her medicine to abort the pregnancy.
The police said on January 4, she died at the hospital on arrival and the body was returned to Tarkwa Government Hospital.
Mr Eric Nsaah, the father of the deceased, said: “In fact, this is a great loss and a sad moment for me because my daughter was very intelligent and I love her so much and I have even registered her to write the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination although she was in [junior high school] two,” he said.
Nsaah said he plans to take legal action against the suspects and seek justice for his deceased daughter.
Officials in the African nation said the unnamed boyfriend and female friend are in police custody. The report did not indicate the age of the girl’s unborn child.
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The tragic incident is the second woman’s death related to abortion that LifeNews reported this year. Last week, Italian news agencies reported that 20-year-old Gabriella Cipolletta died after having an abortion and going into hypovolemic shock due to blood loss. Doctors reportedly advised Cipolletta to have an abortion because her baby may have a disability.
“She discovered she was pregnant after being treated for a fungal skin infection and was reportedly ready to go through with the pregnancy, but was advised by a doctor to have the abortion, performed in the 11th week, due to the potential harm the treatment for the infection might have had on the fetus,” a report said.