Ijeoma Otabor, known popularly as ‘Phyna’ spoke in a recent interview about the reasons for her doing abortion.
The winner of Big Brother Naija season 7, has given more details after admitting to having two abortions.
The 25-year-old granted an interview to Punch. In the interview, she was asked about her tweet where she responded to a Twitter user calling her an ‘abortionist’ by admitting she has had two abortions.
In the interview, she was asked about her tweet where she responded to a Twitter user calling her an “abortionist” by admitting she has had two abortions.
Phyna told the publication: ‘In my family as a whole, we are very open. People just read meaning to things and say whatever they want, I really do not care.
‘I was just laughing at their responses to me because those that know me know me, I am an open book.
‘I actually responded to that woman when she said ‘I can’t respond to you, you are an abortionist,’ and then I said yes that I have committed abortions. It is fine how people want to see me, I am not ashamed of anything about myself.
‘If I ever make a mistake, I own up to my mistakes. When my dad called me about it, he asked why I said something like that, I just said ‘daddy I learnt it from you oo’.’
She continued: ‘As for my reasons for taking abortion pills, if there are 100 women in Nigeria today, 98 have done abortions. So, no one should judge me.
‘I was in a 12-year relationship then and I was so young. The first abortion was when I was 19; I couldn’t go home to tell my parents that I was pregnant at that age.
And the two pregnancies were so early like two to three weeks that I could just use tablets.
‘The second was when I was 24, and I had finished serving then. I was ready to keep it but the relationship was getting toxic.
‘He abused me and always beat me up. I said to myself that I couldn’t do this anymore, so I took it out and that was how I ended the relationship.’
Asked if she would consider an abortion in her current state, she replied: ‘Why would I do that? The way I am now, I have money to take care of 10 children, so why? In fact, if my parents were rich at the time of my first pregnancy, I wouldn’t have aborted it.
‘But because I knew I was from a very poor background, we used to eat once a day then, especially in the afternoon and then carry it till the next day. So, keeping the baby then, was no option for me.
‘In the face of God, it’s a sin and I have prayed and gone for confession. I am Catholic and I know God has forgiven me. It is what God says that counts. I don’t care what anybody thinks or says.
‘I am not proud of committing abortion but the situation surrounding it was what I couldn’t help. For me, I do not see the essence of bringing children into this world when you are not ready.
‘So, it’s either you abstain from sex, use protection or when it happens; you are either ready to chest the baby or take it out, especially when the situation is beyond you.
‘Everybody has their own purpose behind their actions, just that there are some who are not scared of committing abortions at all, which is not good.’