Two women have been arrested for aiding and abetting an illegal abortion that has caused the death of a 17-year-old student of Twifo-Praso Senior High School in the Central Region.

The suspects, Ama Nkrumah, 48-year-old herbal medicine seller, and Portia Darko, 25, both residents of Atiaku in Accra, were said to have given ‘Sytotec’ drugs to the student, Alberta Hackman, to insert into her vagina and administer some orally to abort her two-month-old pregnancy.

The Deputy Commander of the Odorkor District Police, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Kwabena Owusu Bempah, said about two weeks ago, Alberta detected that she was pregnant and asked Portia, her friend, to assist her to terminate the pregnancy.

He said Portia consulted Ama who allegedly gave her five ‘Sytotec’ drugs for Alberta to use. She was to insert two and orally administer three.

ASP Owusu Bempah said after using the drugs, Alberta suffered abdominal pains the following day and also bled profusely from the vagina. She was rushed to Amoah Clinic at Awoshie in Accra for treatment, and a Dilation and Curettage (D and C) was performed on her to remove the baby.

“She was later referred to the Ridge Hospital in Accra but died on admission on March 22,” he added.

ASP Owusu Bempah said Alberta’s boyfriend later in suspects as those who gave her the medicine.

He said they were subsequently arrested and during interrogation, Ama confessed that she gave the medicine to Alberta to assist her to terminate the pregnancy.

ASP Owusu Bempah said investigations were ongoing after which the two women would be put before court on charges of criminal abortion and murder.



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