“No to abortion of girls released by Boko Haram who got pregnant as a result of rape and forced mating by some members of the terrorist group…. The Catholic Church is ready to help the victims”, said Bishop Anselm Umoren, Auxiliary of Abuja, and President of the Committee for Health of the Nigerian Bishops’ Conference. “We condemned in strong terms some misguided actions being canvassed by a cross section of persons and groups to the effect that mass abortion should be performed for the women”, he said in a message sent to the Agenzia Fides, referring to the ongoing debate on how to help the pregnant girls. “The suggestion that killing the babies conceived through rape by the terrorists is the most humane action to take in this instance is not tenable”, Bishop Umoren continued. “Since the babies are ignorant and innocent of the crimes against their mothers, it is unethical to punish them for the sins and offences of their erring fathers”. The President of the Committee for Health stressed that the Catholic Church is prepared to help the victims who have suffered “the enormous trauma of sexual violence”. “The Catholic Church in Nigeria in cooperation with all people of goodwill is ever prepared to provide every measure of support to accelerate the healing, rehabilitation and resettlement of the victims so that they can swiftly be reintegrated into society”.
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 22, 2020
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