Don’t abort pregnancy of Boko Haram victims – Catholic Bishops warn

by Damilola Jagun

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, are opposed to the termination of the pregnancies of some of the female victims of Boko Haram.

The organisation said it was wrong to punish the unborn babies for the sins of their fathers.

The CBCN pledged to assist in the upbringing of the children through “support mechanisms” and “crisis pregnancy management centers”, when they are eventually delivered.

Chairman of the Health Committee of CBCN and Auxiliary Bishop of Abuja (Catholic Archdiocese), Most Rev. Anselm Umoren, said this during a press conference on Monday, May 25, in Abuja.

He 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.”

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