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Family Planning Is No Licence To Abortion – NURHI

The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), has declared that its aggressive campaign on family planning and child spacing methods and strategies is not in any way to encourage abortion.

NURHI Senior Program Officer, (Advocacy and Demand Generation), Oyo State Field Office, Mr. Tunji Samuel made this declaration on Thursday in Ibadan at a one-day training for religious leaders on methods, choices and benefits of family planning.

Speaking at the training which had in attendance of no fewer than 50 clerics drawn from the 15 Local Government Areas covered by NURHI in the state, Samuel informed that the organization since its inception in 2010 has impacted positively on methods, strategies of family planning and its benefits on women, men and the entire family and the nation in general.

Samuel said the organization which is presently working in Oyo, Kaduna and Lagos states is also working in Senegal, India and Kenya to promote healthy living among families through the promotion of family planning.
He said the program was organized to increase the level of family planning awareness and campaign among religious leaders in the state.

Samuel said the family planning services were free as he warned prospective clients to always patronize the designated health facilities in case of any side effect.

He said “We are the organizers of the training for religious leaders, we want to build the capacity of religious leaders so that they will be able to preach about family planning to their congregation. We are telling them to preach to their followers on how to adopt family planning and the benefits attached to it.

“Now we are telling them that family planning is not a license to abortion neither is it for promiscuity. We discovered that very many men are accusing their wives that many of them are taking family planning for the purpose of promiscuity. We are telling them that family planning is not for abortion, it is not for promiscuity, so that is what we are telling them that family planning is for them to space their children and be able to cater for the number of the children they want to have and cater for”.

He said the need to call religious leaders to the meeting was because of their influence on their followers and congregations because religion plays an important role in the life of couples and their families.

He said, “Religious leaders can address problems among couples directly, religious leaders can address gender issues.”

He said “We want religious leaders, community leaders and other stakeholders to help us and support family planning. Please, don’t preach against family planning anymore, we want a situation where women will be having safe delivery, we don’t want women to die prior, during and after pregnancy.”

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