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      Bibliography compilation is a compulsory requirement for the partial fulfillment for the award of National Diploma of Federal Polytechnic, Oko in the Library and Information Science Department, hence my undertaking of this compilation.

      This compilation is done to minimize, if not to dominate the problem being encountered by students, teachers and researchers hence, this reading list on the topic Abortion in Nigeria (2009-2012).


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        Abortion is the removal or explusion of an anbryo or foetus from the uterus, resulting or causing its death. This can be spontaneously as miscarriage or other meals. “Abortion” can refer to an induced procedure at any point during human pregnancy. It is sometimes medically defined as either miscarriage or induced termination before the point of variability. Through history, abortion has been induced by various methods and the moral and legal aspects of abortion is subject to intense debate in many parts of the world/Jones et al ….. 2004).

        However, a clearer definition of Abortion is the removal of a growing embryo or foetus from uterus from which it is attached. This general definition covers spontaneously abortion (Miscarriage) and induced abortion but distinguished both from premature birth. Live or still. Golden (2001) stated that certain authorities seem to complicate the issue by defining abortion as termination, expulsion or detachment of foetus or fertilized ovum before its time of viability. In general a foetus is not viable before  the 18th weeks of gestation. The following medical terms are used to categorize abortion.

1.     Spontaneous Abortion (Miscarriage):- Spontaneous abortion, according to Mules (2001) is the sudden termination or explosion of the foetus/pregnancy. It is characterized by complaints of feeling of uneasiness before the unset of specific signs and symptoms, by the mother such as vaginal bleeding that is, brown spotting or bright red blood. Spontaneous abortion can be due to accidental trauma or natural causes, most miscarriages are due to uncorrected replication of chromosomes; they can also be caused by environmental factors.

2.     Induced Abortion: This is an abortion brought about by interference either by therapeutic or elective abortion as a result of deliberate human action. (Roche, 2004).

3.     Therapeutic Abortion:- An abortion performed either

a)     To save the life of the pregnant women

b)     To preserve the woman’s physical or mental health.

c)     Terminate pregnancy that would result in a child born with a congenital disorder that would be fatal or association with significant morbidity.

d)     Selecting reduce the number of foetus to lessen health risks association with multiple pregnancies.

        In United Kingdom, legal termination of pregnancy is a therapeutic procedure carried out under the terms of the 1967 abortion act (United Kingdom Abortion Act, 2011). Before this type of abortion can be carried out 12 registered medical practitioners should be of the opinion that the pregnancy should be terminated and consent must be obtained from husband and wife. The procedure is performed after an agreement must have been reached between the two doctors.

4.  Elective Abortion: This is an abortion performed at will by an individual in contravention of the Abortion Act (United Kingdom Abortion Act, 2011). This type of abortion of performed for any other reason. Such procedures are illegal and punishable by imprisonment especially in country like Nigeria. It is attempted by unqualified, non-expert person or non-medical (quack) practitioner. It can also be done by patients herself by ingesting corrosive substances such as taking blece, potash, lime or excessive salt.

The world-wide legal states of abortion ranges from complete prohibition to elective procedures at the request of the pregnant woman. Olitan (2010) opined that in the  environmental concerns. Social-economic development and recognition of the right of women to control their own fertility and aided by technological innovational. Abortion  has gradually emerged from an aura of social ambivalence. However, abortion has continued ranging debates in political, social, medical, theological and legal fields (Christian 1999). To this end, two major  camps has remerged namely:-

a)          The pro-choice

b)          The pro-life

The pro-choice fights for the legalization of abortion and hence that a woman should  have the right to decide whether or not to have her baby while pro-life activist on the other hand fight for the right of the unborn child to live and hence are vehemently opposed to the legalization of abortion (Christian 1999).





1.     Adebala, Benson. 2009. What is Abortion. In Love and Life. P. 10-20. Ondo; African University Publisher.  


2.          Adebala, Bension – 2010. What is Abortion in Love and Life. P. 10-30 Ondo; African Publisher.


3.          Adebenjo, Kamso. 2009. Complications in Abortion. The Guardian. 10 June, P. 21.


4.          Adewole, I.F. 2009. Abortion in Nigeria; A major health problem in Eliminating Unsafe abortion in Nigeria. Nigeria Medical Association. Ota.


5.          ______________ et al 2010. Contraceptive usage among abortion seekers in Nigeria. West African Journal Med. 21 (2) P.112 - 114.

6.          Adinina, JIB. etal. 2010. Awareness and Practice of post abortion care services among health care professionals in south eastern Nigeria. The south east Asian Journal of Tropical medicine and public health . p. 696 - 704.


7.          Adeyemo, Joshua. 2009. Abortion is the only option  Punch. 15 March. P. 22.


8.          Agarrtha, J. 2009. Abortion; Breaking the culture of silence. Champion. 9. July, P. 34-37.


9.          Amadi, John. 2010. Say No to Child tourism. Christian outlook. 4 April, p. 24.


10.      Asiegbu, Livinus. 2009. Contraceptive without pains weekly star. 3 Feb. P. 8.


11.      Chukwuma, Helen. 2009. Dangerous of Abortion. Fides 31 Dec., P. 32.


12.      Dickson, D.O 2009. How can abortion six month pregnancy. Hints. July 7, P. 24.


13.      Edore, Beanly. 2010. Modern ways of removing unwanted pregnancy. Nigeria observer. 15 March. P. 25.


14.      Efosa, Joseph. 2009. Ovulation following Abortion with a historical and cycological study. Fides 3 Nov. P. 16-17.


15.      Emeka, Ike. 2009. Family Planning and Abortion. In catch a man and keep him. P. 80-90. Benin City Rozine publisher.


16.      Ezennonna, N.A. 2010. Risk involved in Abortion. Nigeria Tribune. 17 October, P. 21..


17.      Gbadi, Fred. 2010 Social and cultural aspect of family planning method. Daily Champion. 1 Sept. P. 17.


18.      Ikeh, Chidubem. 2009. Development in Abortion control. Sunday Concord. 21 Sept. P. 29.


19.      Inegbenebor., U. 2012. Conceptual Model for the prevention of maternality in Nigeria. Tropical Doctor. April 27. P. 25-35.


20.      James, T. 2010. Abortion is dangerous. Vanguard 22 May, P. 44.


21.      Mbah, Dorath. 2011. Medical Sociology of Abortion. The New Watch. Aug. 5 P. 61-68.


22.      Mbamalu, N.D. 2009. Legalizing abortion. Fides. August 8. P. 18.


23.      Monode, M.A. 2011. Abortion and its effect. In a book on family planning and contraceptive. P. 70-172.


24.      Muojekwu, Charles. 2009. Abortion is the only option. Punch. 15 March p. 22.


25.      Nath, D.C. 2010. What is Abortion. Nigeria Tribune. 10 Sept. P. 20.


26.      Nnamdi, Chike. 2010. Abortion and Health. In sociology of medicine. P. 70-71.


27.      Nwadozie, Charles. 2010. Family Planning accessibility and Practice. The news watch. 31 Jan, P. 34-35.


28.      Obazee, Iyobosa. 2009. How young females can avoid abortion. Punch 29 Aug. P. 34-35.            


29.      Odusanya, Ronke. 2010. Why women suffer may be complications from abortion. Punch. 16 June, P. 1-2.


30.      Okagbue, O.C. 2009. Abortion in Nigeria. Nigeria Medical practitioners, 16. P. 135-137.


31.      Okeke, Amechi. 2010. Abortion, breaking the culture of silence. Champion. 9 Aug. P. 34-35.


32.      Okonofua, F.E. 2009. Unwanted Pregnancy, Unsafe Abortion and the Law in Nigeria. Tropical Journal of onstitrics and Gynecology. Vol. 29. P. 515-517.


33.      Okosun, B. 2011. There are dangerous in abortion. Health care Feb. 17, P. 18.


34.      Oludara, Adede. 2011. Ways to prevent abortion. Punch and Feb., P. 18-20.


35.      Olufalage, Musa. 2011. Pregnancy instantly aborted independent. 8 Fe., P. 18-20.


36.      Onyekwu. 2012. Abortion is killing our health No. vol. 6, P. 16.


37.      Ossai, Mary. 2009. Abortion and Health. Punch. Nov. 16P. 31.


38.      Paul, C. 2010. Abortion among young girls. Vanguard. 22 June. P. 19.


39.      Uche, I.I. 2009. Family Planning and abortion. Nigeria observer, 20 July, P. 20.


40.      Ukachukwu, Ndubuisi. 2010. Abortion and barrenness Health care. Feb., P. 6-8.


41.      Umeh, E. 2010. Abortion Bill faces Mounting opposition. Daily Times (15); P. 6-9.


42.      Wolusiwe, J.A. 2011. Question on Abortion. Concord 7 Jan. 7-8.

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