Abortion among Syrian women in Jordan raises the question

Abortion among Syrian women in Jordan raises the questionimage

07 May 2015

Suad Nabhan, Representative of the United Nations Fund for Population, said in an interview with UN Radio, for the growing demand of Syrian women in Jordan to provide “post-abortion services.”

Nabhan pointed out that, according to reports from the Syrian refugee camps in 2014, “The organization noted an increase in the number of applications to provide post-abortion services by Syrian women”, adding that “most of the women indicate that abortion was normal, however, the number of women referred to this service was high compared to number of normal abortions, so the organization decided to design a questionnaire containing a number of questions to find out the real reasons from scientific point of view”.

Nabhan said that sex education campaigns and the use of contraceptives by the Organization for Syrian Women “it did not lead to the desired results, for reasons of age and cultural background, especially among young married women, as they wish to have a family and children in short time”.

Noting that “some of the young women gave birth to two children during they stay inside the refugee camps”, and the organization “actively working to educate women with more than four children, the need for the use of contraceptives”.

And about the registration of new-borns in Jordan, Nabhan said, the Jordanian government require the presence of official papers and “legitimacy” to register children and refrain from registering children who were born from sexual relationship outside of marriage, “What makes the provision of identity papers because of the loss of, or non-presence of the father as a result of the arrest or death a difficult thing. Therefore, the United Nations organizations working on human rights and providing legal support to the family for the registration of the child”.

The reports of international organizations to register more than 3,000 births in Zaatari camp, which hosts about 90 thousand Syrian refugees.