Prisca Olabisi Adejumo RN, Ph.D
Department of Nursing
college of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
International Professional Nursing Journal
Volume 12 Number 1
Pages 74 - 80
KEYWORDS: Attitude, female undergraduates, Legalization and abortion.
ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to find out the attitude of female undergraduate students of the university of ibadan towards legalization of abortion in Nigeria as a pilot study. Eighty female undergraduates (55 married and 25 single) from the three selected halls of residence of the university of ibadan participated in the sutdy.
They were selected through systematic random sampling technique. Descriptive method of data analysis was utilized. Findings revealsed that 23 (28.8%) of the respondents considered abortion necessary. Of this number, 7 (30.4%) said it was to eliminate future obstacle among teenagers, 4 (17.4%) considered it necessary as a method of population control, 10 (43.5%) said it was a substitute for contraceptive device.
However, 57 (71.2%) of the respondents did not consider abortion necessary because it is an act of killing a fellow humna being. To another 17 (29.7%) abotion is against the will of God. The findings also revealed that out of the eighty respondents, 28 (35%) said they had procured abortion in the past and their reactions were that of guilt, depression and shame while 52 (65%) said they have never had abortion.
It was concluded from the findings that there was a negative attitude among female undergraudate students of the university of ibadan toward legalization of abortion. The need to educate adolescents and young people especially females about the mechanism of action of contraceptive agents and about their side effects in relation to unsafe abortion is paramount.
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