Article from ROAPE Volume 13 Number 35
Control of Reproduction: Principle and Practice in Nigeria
Policies and practice relating to the availability of contraception, the accessibility of abortion and the custody of children are measures of the legal and political status of women in any given society. They bear directly on domination of women in the spheres of reproduction and control over the fruits of reproduction, children. Pittin explores how these matters reflect women's rights and opportunities in the case of Nigeria. She is particularly concerned with the manner in which the law impinges upon women, restricting choice and reaffirming an unquestioned subordination of married women to their husbands. She suggests that there is a need for both changes in the law and of policy.