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Imo Bishops speak out on abortion

23 September 2013, 10:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja – Catholic Bishops in Imo State have called on Governor Rochas Okorocha and members of the State House of Assembly to repeal sections of the Abortion Law.

They said some of the sections of the legislation enacted last year were ‘anti-life.’

The church leaders argued that any law which failed to respect the right to life and human dignity was "automatically null and void" as it contradicted "natural and divine laws."

“A law to prohibit violence against women, legitimate as it is in principle must, with all the more reason, prohibit violence against helpless unborn children from conception to natural death without exception. Thou shall not kill,” the bishops said in a joint communique.

“We must not enthrone the culture of death through the legalization of abortion, with its consequent sexual permissiveness of all, which will ravage our society morally and spiritually as it has done in Europe, America and elsewhere.”

The bishops argued the right to life and human dignity belonged to human nature and was inherent in every person by the creative act of God.

“These rights do not depend on individuals, parents, church, society or state. They are guaranteed by natural laws, divine commandments and affirmed in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The church leaders pledged to continue working with stakeholders in Imo State, for the protection of the fundamental rights of all, including those of women and the unborn child.

“We will continue to engage Imo State government and Imo State House of Assembly on ways and means to provide for laws that will strengthen the family and protect the human rights of all Imo citizens.”

- CAJ News


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