Don’t Abort Pregnancies Of B’Haram’s Rape Victims – Bishops

The has condemned suggestions by some stakeholders in the country, who have advocated that the pregnancy of some female victims, conceived through rape, should be terminated.

The organisation however promised that when delivered, it would assist in the upbringing of the children through “support mechanisms” and “crisis pregnancy management centers.”

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and Auxiliary Bishop of Abuja (Catholic Archdiocese), , stated these during a press conference on Monday in Abuja.

He queried how Nigeria would accept to visit such innocent children “with capital punishment” in the name of abortion for an offence they did not commit simply because their fathers were misguided religious and ideological bigots.

The cleric said, “Specifically, it is not tenable, the suggestion that killing the babies conceived through rape by the terrorists, is the most humane action to take in this instance. Since the babies are ignorant and innocent of the crimes – aggression, sexual assault, dehumanisation – against their mothers, it is unethical to punish them for the sins and offences of their erring fathers.”

The group said one of its support mechanisms would be the establishment of crisis-pregnancy management centres to help Nigerians, who might stand in need of similar help anywhere in the country.

While expressing deep sorrow at the trauma endured by many Nigerians under the orgy of violence and terror by the Boko Haram sect, the said it opposed the “shallow arguments” being promoted by some individuals and groups, saying it meant repaying violence with an even more vicious violence.

The Bishops advised the victims to draw comfort from God, adding that the life of every baby is distinct, different and unique from that of their parents.

Source: The Punch



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