WEDNESDAY
February 21, 2001
volume 12, no. 52

Nigerian Catholic Women Register Opposition to Abortion



    ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 20, 01 (CWNews.com) - A Catholic women's group in Nigeria has officially registered its opposition to a proposed legalization of abortion as part of the review of the African country's constitution.

    The Owerri Provincial Council of Catholic Women has sent a petition to the National Constitution Review Committee protesting plans to legalize abortion in a new constitution. "Abortion should not be legalized in Nigeria," the group said in the letter. They said the practice "kills and dehumanizes womanhood." They added, "The right of the unborn child should be protected and abortion goes contrary to the fifth commandment of God, 'Thou shalt not kill.'"

    The one-page petition, dated February 1 and signed by Julie Anyanwu and Clara Okorie, president and secretary respectively, as well as by four other members, was received and read on the floor of the Abia House of Assembly by the Deputy Speaker, Chief Emeka Stanley.

    The woman's group was joined in the protest by the Christian Association of Nigeria's youth division. In a letter entitled, "A Statement on the Stand of the Christian Association of Nigeria Youth Wing on Legalization of Abortion in Nigeria," the group said: "The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and political authorities, and such fundamental rights include the right to life from the moment of conception until death."

    The youth group called abortion "a criminal act, abominable and absolutely unacceptable and could not be justified by any economic, social, political, or cosmetic reason."


February 21, 2001
volume 12, no. 52
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