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A blurred photo of Sarah, posing in her compound.

In this article, we narrate OLA’s interview with a woman we call Sarah, 24*. The names of everyone involved have been changed to protect their real identity and privacy. We hope for a time when Nigerian women can speak freely about their abortion experiences without fear of stigma or the law.

To ensure that the interview was not a harmful experience for Sarah, the interview held virtually, with one interviewer and a therapist to ensure that there was no inappropriate or psychologically harmful line of questioning.

What was it like growing up?

Growing up was a lot of experience. I…


A photo of Sewa at home

This article is the first in our ongoing series titled “Abortion Stories.”

The series aims to tell the stories of women and medical professionals in Nigeria who have had to navigate the oppressive anti-abortion laws in the country.

In this article, we narrate OLA’s interview with a woman we call Sewa, 28*. The name has been changed to protect her real identity and privacy. We hope for a time when Nigerian women can speak freely about their abortion experiences without fear of stigma or the law.

To ensure that the interview was not a harmful experience for Sewa, the interview…


Operation Legalise Abortion is an organic movement by a group of women, for women. We seek to return women’s rights to them. We believe Nigerian women should have legal reproductive rights to safe abortion.

Why we exist.

To speak of Abortion and Reproductive rights publicly in Nigeria is almost taboo.

Medical practitioners withhold information in fear of having their licences stripped, Religious leaders, condemn the notion of it and dangerous means to terminate pregnancies are then whispered and propagated by women.

When governments criminalise abortions and restrict access to safe abortions, women are forced to seek out unsafe abortions, especially those who cannot…

Operation Legalise Abortion

Operation Legalise Abortion is a movement by a group of women who believe that they should have the rights to their own bodies. We want safe & legal abortions.

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