A Physiotherapist and the Public Relations officer of the Ghana Physiotherapy Association, Verity Ampiah, has urged all to desist from mounting pressure on women to have children.

Speaking with Benjamin Akakpo on Joy Prime on Wednesday, she explained that most women are vulnerable and thus are unable to resist such societal pressure.

This, Madam Verity added, does not only lead them into doing certain things that jeopardise their dignity as women, but also compels them to undergo endure unpleasant ordeals from quack medical practitioners. 

“I think it is not right to put so much pressure on women to have children, it affects them both physically and psychologically,” she stated

Madam Verity said it is inadvisable for society to continue determining how people should live their lives, especially when it comes to childbearing.

According to her, “some women want to enjoy life without giving birth, hence the need to stop ‘attacking’ them to have children, simply because age is catching up with them.”

The PRO said this in reaction to the investigative work by The Fourth Estate‘s Manasseh Azure Awuni titled, “The Licensed Sex Predator.”

In this investigative report, Manasseh revealed how a supposedly licensed health practitioner used his facility and practice as bait to sexually assault scores of women who went there seeking treatment.

She noted that women go the extra mile just to have children to gain the prestige attached to it. This, however, leaves them under the mercy of such ‘quack’ practitioners who take advantage of them.

She shared an experience where her newly wedded friend ran to her for advice after she was questioned on several occasions about when she will have kids and reiterated that this societal pressure affects the psychological well-being of women.

To prevent the future occurrence of similar cases, she urged that people should see childbearing as a personal right of women and should be respected as such.