By Stephen Wabomba
Why Intrauterine Device (IUD) accepted in Uganda as a birth control method yet it causes abortifacient?
There are two types of Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) in use in Uganda that is Hormonal IUD and Copper IUD with differing effectiveness and with your article published on April 20, 2014 that the usage of contraceptives in Uganda is at 51% that is about 8,160,000 million people are using contraceptives basing on the 16 million adult population as per the research.
It appears that our morals have degenerated to that extend that even if the method is morally and scientifically wrong most people are taking less hint and increasing demand for it, to extend that even government health facilities are in compliance with the promoters of these IUDs; if the Constitution Article 22 (2) and the Penal Code Act, 141, 142 and 143 stands then the promoters and health facilities promoting the use of IUDs should be brought to book?
The increased usage of this contraceptives, has adversely impacted on many families negatively instead of improving on the quality of life it has promoted miseries as it is seen today by increased cases of abortifacient and increases of the spread of STIs/HIV /AIDs, infections or increased rates of Pelvic Infection Diseases (PID) and also crapping or dizziness during or soon after insertion, changes in periods, spotting and the perforation of uterus during the inserting besides other emotional effects.
Families have also been affected by domestic violence, single parents, unplanned pregnancies, fornication, adultery, divorce, abortion, rape, and sexually transmitted diseases all because of the availability of these contraceptives the strengthen of the families is gone, comparing the days before the introductions of this so called modern methods family values were more cherished then it is today.
The stages of marriage were keenly followed from courtship, engagement then marriage but today many people start with marriage that is wedding before getting to know better their spouses so most people find themselves with strangers not husbands or wives just because of the availability of contraceptives.
It seems this modern methods are projects of multibillion international agencies distributing them under the guise of helping the poor countries to control birth rates, and they are much aware of the side effect but still force them on us through sensational marketing strategies by claiming that there is unmet need for family in Uganda yet they are known good methods to control population like the use of Natural Family Planning methods as best alternative and funding of chastity and abstinence education in Uganda.
I believe if funding is introduced for the youths in schools and communities will be the target because they still growing and they education good life education to improve on their immoral acts. Dating and health relationships will be taught to cap the situation and there they will be no need for contraceptives.
What perturbs me is to allow such a terrible method to be subjected to women, and girls without a word from any activities or guideline from the guardians of morals.
These degrading issues, if it was about money politicians would be calling it a cake to share and yet this is more important because it affects the human life which needs more protection and care.
The call is to all those good intentioned to stand up and be counted as a lover of life and protector of the voiceless and defenseless unborn children being aborted every day without any concerned.
The writer is the director of Pregnancy Help Centre, Jinja.
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