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    Ghana's Commissioner of Health, Major Anthony Selormey, opened the Conference on the Medical and Social aspects of abortion in Africa on Thursday (13 December).

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    Ghana's Commissioner of Health, Major Anthony Selormey, opened the Conference on the Medical and Social aspects of abortion in Africa on Thursday (13 December). The five-day conference is being held at the School of Administration at Legon University, outside Accra.

    The conference, organised by the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Planned Parenthood Federation of Ghana, is being attended by delegates from universities and population centres from around the world.

    In his welcoming address, Major Selormey told delegates that Ghana accepted the knowledge of planned parenthood as a fundamental human right. However, he stressed that the Ghanaian government did not accept abortion as an alternative to contraception -- "the first line of defence against unwanted pregnancies." Discussing Ghana's attitude towards the laws concerning abortion, Major Selormey said that Ghana's Law Reform Commission was reviewing the situation. He added "one point is clear though. As in many other societies the laws governing abortion in Ghana were enacted at a time when medical technology was so inadequate that recourse to abortion was a virtual self-imposed death sentence by our woman."
    SYNOPSIS: A five-day conference on the medical and social aspects of abortion in Africa opened in Accra on Thursday. The conference is being hold at the University of Ghana's School of Administration. Many of the speakers come from Population Institutes at universities around the world, at the invitation of the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

    In a speech of welcome, Ghana's Commissioner of Health, Major Anthony Selormey, told the delegates that his government accepted that knowledge of planned parenthood was a basic human right. However, he stressed that the Ghanaian government did not see abortion as an alternative to contraception.

    And he described contraception as the "front-line of defence against unwanted pregnancies."
    Major Selormey said the Ghanaian Law Reform Commission was reviewing the country's abortion laws. However, he stressed one point. He stated that the present laws governing abortion in Ghana had been enacted at a time when "medical technology was so inadequate that recourse to abortion was a virtual self-imposed death sentence by our women."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJNPKZRBTTZ8999DTCMQXWYVV
    Media URN:
    VLVAJNPKZRBTTZ8999DTCMQXWYVV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1973
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    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
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