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Clerics plan fight against abortion laws

02 September 2013, 16:05

Abuja - Priests of the Catholic Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri have kicked off meetings that will focus on the fight against abortion legislation Governor Rochas Okorocha recently signed in to law in the Imo State.

The clerics held their first meeting at Maria Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri on Thursday, Vanguard reports.

“We met to properly position ourselves to effectively battle the controversial abortion law recently signed by Governor Rochas Okorocha,” one of the priests said.

Archbishop Obinna also called for the immediate reversal of state laws he termed “anti-life legislation” signed by Okorocha and his predecessor, Chief Achike Udenwa, in 2012 and 2007 respectively.

“This new law contains obnoxious and lethal provisions. This law threatens many conceived but unborn children with imminent death. This is unacceptable, anti-life and unchristian,” Obinna said.

Okorocha recently discounted claims that the bill is aimed at the legislation of abortion.

He said the bill aims to curb all forms of sexual, psychological and domestic violence, as well as harmful traditional practices against women.

Okorocha also added the bill would give women the right to medical abortion if a pregnancy endangers their physical, mental, psychological or emotional health.

Read more at Vanguard.


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