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Abortion: yay or nay?

Tue, 15 September 2015 16:22
by Faith Haushona-Kavamba

The issue of whether lawmakers should legalize abortions in Namibia was yet again the topic of discourse last week, with everyone weighing in on the matter. 

Some people feel that abortion should not be legalized as it paves the way for risky sexual behavior and is also murder, as the foetus is a human being. 

However, others feel that it should be legalized because women should be given the right to terminate pregnancies, as they should have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. 

The Villager Newspaper spoke to a few female celebrities so they could give their opinion on the matter. 

Outspoken actress, Tjuna Kauapirura, along with award-winning musician, Tunakie, took the road less-travelled at the expense of backlash, and said they would support legalizing abortion in Namibia. 

“Legalizing abortion in Namibia is much better than dumping a baby who is already born and there is a lot of that going on. 

Some people say it makes young people engage in sexual activities because they know they can get rid of the baby, but I think it can be controlled,” Kauapirura reasoned. 

The actress explained that she understood that some people may be against abortion because it goes against their religious beliefs, but it would be a better alternative than dumping a full-grown, healthy baby. 

She added that if rules and regulations accompanied the legalization of abortions in Namibia, people would not abuse the system. 

Tunakie seconded the opinions of the actress, saying most of the women dumping babies are poverty-stricken and have no way of supporting their offspring. 

“It [legalizing abortions] will help eradicate poverty because a struggling mother is not fit to bring a child into this world. 

Most people who commit crime come from broken families or unstable homes. It pains me a lot when I look at a newborn baby, knowing that the future is in its own hands because the mother does not have one,” the singer lamented. 

On the other hand, their contemporaries and singers, Shevon and Esme, disagreed saying they would not consent to abortion being legalized in this country. 

Shevon said she believed a majority of the people who were dumping their babies were the youth. 

She also believed that abortions had too many negative implications for the youth such as being traumatized for life, becoming infertile or even worse, dying during the procedure. 

“I recommend that people use contraceptives, even though they have side-effects, like making you fat. I understand that there is a lot of baby-dumping going on, but there are projects which have been initiated for that, like giving your child up for adoption,” the mother of one stated. 

Esme concurred, saying that legalizing abortion in Namibia would give irresponsible people permission to fall pregnant, knowing that they could get rid of the foetus before it matures into a baby without having to deal with the responsibility of dealing with the consequences of their actions. 

“Even if the foetus is less than three months (which is the maximum amount of time allowed for an abortion), it has already been planted, which means that it is already alive. So, I say no to abortions,” the singer stressed. 

Although Namibia is a secular state, a majority of its citizens are Christians, who oppose abortion. 

The issue of legalizing abortion has been tabled by parliamentarians before, more times than one would care to count, with the same results every single time. 

The recent spate of baby-dumping may have swayed some people’s minds on the matter, but has it swayed that of Namibia’s lawmakers? Will they opt to legalize abortions to put an end to baby-dumping? 

Only time can tell.