Mrs Maureen Ajogo, an Abuja-based legal practitioner, says giving up an “unwanted” child for adoption is a better option than having an abortion.

Ajogo gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari.

According to her, abortion is a deviation from the moral norm of the sanctity of human life.

The legal practitioner said no civilised society should permit a human to intentionally take the life of another human.

“It must be punishable. However, adoption is a viable alternative to abortion.

“There is no such thing as an unwanted child. Look around you today; you hear of families travelling to remote places just to either conceive or get a child they can adopt,’’ she said.

Ajogo explained that abortion could result in complications later in life with the person terminating the pregnancy at risk of experiencing ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages, and pelvic inflammatory disease.

She identified rape victims as persons at risk of becoming pregnant with an “unwanted’’ baby.

According to her, if a situation like that should arise, the victim should be given proper medical care to ensure that she does not get pregnant.

“This is how the excuse for the act of terminating the pregnancy begins because we say it is unwanted.

“Abortion punishes the unborn child, who has committed no crime.

“It is the perpetrator who should be punished. Abortion should not be used as another form of contraception,” Ajogo said. (NAN)

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