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    Social media spikes cases of illegal abortions in Botswana – Report

    APA-Gaborone (Botswana)

    Botswana has witnessed a rise in the procurement and supply of abortion-inducing drugs or utensils within the borders of the country, the state-run DailyNews reported on Friday.

    Abortion is illegal in Botswana and, according to the paper, the rise is due to people who have taken advantage of the social media to advertise drugs and appliances used to induce abortions.

    Commenting on the issue, the commander of Mogoditshane Police Station in the capital Gaborone, Agreement Mapeu, pleaded with the public to partner with the police to curb the practice by reporting any suspicions surrounding abortion activities.

    He warned those who are hiding behind social media anonymity to conduct the illegal business of supplying abortion drugs and any other equipment to desist from doing so because the long arm of the law would soon catch up with them.

    According to United Nations Population Fund, unsafe abortions accounted for 21.8 percent of all maternal deaths in Botswana in 2014, and remains a threat to maternal mortality rate despite the many available family planning programmes.

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