Owerri - Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo has reacted publicly to claims that the Imo State Government legalised abortion with a new bill in the House of Assembly.
Okorocha discounted claims that the bill is meant for the legalisation of abortion.
He explained that the bill would eliminate violence in private and public life, prohibit all forms of violence against women, including sexual, psychological, domestic and harmful traditional practices.
The governor said the bill was also expected to provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishments of offenders.
Okorocha added that the bill would equally enable every woman to enjoy reproductive rights as well as the right to medical abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape and incest.
He also said the bill made provision for right to medical abortion where the pregnancy endangers the life of or the physical, mental, psychological or emotional health of the mother.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Benjamin Uwajumogu, had also denied passing any law legalising abortion in the state.
Uwajumogu decried the misunderstanding of the bill, explaining that it was for prevention of violence and protection of women’s rights.