Nigerian actress Susan Pwajok opened up about her difficult relationship with her father this week, revealing how he tried to pressure her mother to abort her before she was born.
Speaking on the “Surviving Lagos” podcast, Pwajok, 19, said she grew up knowing that her father never wanted her, Gistreel reports.
“The story I know about me is that my father didn’t want me, so he gave my mother money to abort me, but she didn’t,” she said.
Instead, Pwajok said her mother protected her life by running away from her father while she was still pregnant. When she was a child, she said he did not support them either, and she had to work to pay for her own schooling once she began high school, according to the report.
The young actress said she will forgive her father only if he apologizes to her mother for how badly he treated her.
Women like Pwajok’s mother frequently are pressured or forced to abort their unborn babies, often by abusers. A 2022 BBC survey found 15 percent of women of childbearing age in the United Kingdom felt pressured to have abortions that they did not want.
Another new study from Lifeway Research found that 42 percent of men whose partners had abortions said they either “strongly urged” or “suggested” that she have an abortion. In 2009, research by the Elliot Institute found 64 percent of post-abortive women said they felt pressured to have an abortion, often from a spouse or partner.
Nigeria, in particular, is facing international outrage this week after an extensive new Reuters investigation uncovered a secret, mass forced abortion program in its military.