A bill seeking to provide legal framework and encourage family planning and maternity service has been passed by the Oyo State House of Assembly, under the leadership of Olagunju Ojo.
The bill, Oyo State Family Planning, Reproductive Health and Maternity Service, 2017, was sponsored by Mr Silas Okunlola, representing Iwajowa state Constituency, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Health, and Mrs Bimbo Oladeji representing Ogbomoso North.
According to Okunlola, the law is to ensure that enough space is given to the number of children one decides to have, and designed to address illegal termination of pregnancy.
“The law is trying to encourage family planning in the state because when we have healthy family, we will have healthy state.
“The law also addresses area of pregnancy termination; we understand that many people have been involved in it; there is need for checks to prevent loss of lives and agony experienced as a family .
”The law only recommends abortion for people recommended by medical specialists for pregnancy termination in order to save the life of the woman.”
Okunlola who said that the law established committees that will see to the enforcement of the provisions at state to local government levels, enjoined relevant agencies to ensure full implementation of the law as much as they could.