Big Brother Naija season 7 winner, Phyna Otabor, has revealed why she terminated two pregnancies at the ages of 19 and 24 respectively.
She explained the reason behind her decision in a recent interview with PUNCH, days after she received heavy backlash for publicly saying she has had two abortions.
According to her, she choose to terminate the first pregnancy at 19 because she was too young and couldn’t tell her parents about it.
She said she aborted the second pregnancy at 24 because she didn’t want to have a child with her then-boyfriend because he was physically abusive and toxic.
The 25-year-old star said,
“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.”
When the interviewer asked if she would consider getting an abortion if she gets pregnant in her current state and status, Phyna said,
“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.”
Speaking further, the Edo-born hype priestess said that she has pleaded with God for forgiveness because she knows abortion is a sin, and believes he has forgiven her.
“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.”