A new survey on the life of female students in Rwanda's National University (NUR) indicates that nearly 36 of one hundred students get pregnant each year.
The survey shows that a large number of university girls get pregnant at the beginning of their academic year since they are young and naïve of the life outside the secondary school classroom, and total personal independence as opposed to earlier close monitoring from parents, while others get pregnant accidentally due to lack of protection or use of condoms.
The survey findings also assert that due to religious views, some of them are against abortion and cannot take the risk since it is abominable in the faiths. Besides religion they still thought it wasn't right to abort no matter what the reasons might be.
Some of the respondents said that unless one has been raped and got pregnant in the process, there would be no excuse to abortion because it will be seen as selfishness in the way you only focus on your life and not on the life of the one you created.
Some students say that the woman in question was in full consciousness when she conceived therefore she should also be able to assume her responsibilities by having that baby and all that she will endure during and after the delivery. These include; taking care of the baby, pursuing education alongside and raising the child and all other kinds of struggle.
One of the respondents said that in the Rwandan culture, being pregnant out of wedlock is a disgrace and dishonor to the family and the society will be pointing fingers at the concerned person.
Their partners encourage them to abort because they are not ready to be fathers and also because they do not want to lose their freedom when it comes to having different girlfriends, again it is that fear of bearing responsibilities and adopting more serious and mature ways in the new life they will be shifting to.
Apparently, the Rwandan parliament has passed a bill on abortion as an illegal act and punishable by law. The debate has been on for many years to legalize abortion; however human rights groups and activists have pressurized the law makers to stick to the fact that abortions is an act 'murder'.