Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, has said that the agency does not promote abortion but encourages reproductive health.
Osotimehin while briefing newsmen on the Fund’s response to Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis and supports to the violated women and girls, explained that UNFPA offers psycho-social counselling to internally displaced persons, including girls and women but certainly not abortion.
According to him, the Fund does not promote abortion as a method of family planning nor does it have any abortion related interventions in Nigeria.
“UNFPA supports voluntary family planning so that men and women can determine the number of their children, timing and spacing of their children as well as unwanted pregnancies.
“It is their human rights to do so and to have the means to exercise that right, this helps reduce recourse to abortion.’’
Osotimehin also said that all UNFPA-supported interventions are approved, owned and implemented in Nigeria, stressing that it also respects the country’s sovereignty, laws and priorities.
“UNFPA had been supporting Nigeria and other stakeholders under the coordination of National Emergency Management Agency for monitoring and distribution of humanitarian supplies to the affected states.
He said the Fund is committed to ensuring that women deliver babies safely.

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