The details of a horrifying case in Nigeria are being reported this week after a teenage girl and her unborn baby died in an illegal, botched abortion.
The news outlet Yen reports police arrested the father of the baby, a married pastor named Gideon Garba, after he allegedly arranged for a friend to perform the illegal abortion to try to cover up his affair with the teen.
According to the report, the teen, identified only as Stella, is the daughter of the senior pastor at the church where Garba worked in northwestern Nigeria.
The report has more about the situation:
When she got pregnant, Pastor Gimba arranged for her to have an abortion and engaged a friend who works in a hospital.
The quack ‘doctor’ was said to have given the girl some drugs to flush out the pregnancy which was already in the third month but when the fetus could not be flushed out, he gave her some local herbs to drink. The herbs was said to have reacted violently leading to the girl bleeding profusely.
Parents of the teenage girl rushed her to a hospital where doctors confirmed that she had taken drugs meant to terminate a pregnancy and proceeded to evacuate her womb but apparently, the damage had been extensive. Before [dying], Stella allegedly confessed to her parents that it was Pastor Gimba that got her pregnant and took her to the quack doctor for the abortion.
The parents later reported the case to the police and Gimba and his friend were arrested and are now in detention while the police continue with their investigations.
Tragically, when women become pregnant through affairs or sexual abuse, they often face pressure to abort their unborn babies. Sometimes in these situations, both the mother and unborn child lose their lives. In another extremely disturbing case in June, a Louisiana principal allegedly murdered a teacher who he was having an affair with after she refused to abort their unborn child.
Human trafficking victims also have reported being forced by their abusers to abort their unborn children when they become pregnant; and one sex trafficking victim reported having 17 abortions.