Central Church African Presbyterian (CCAP) Nkhoma Synod has said it is against legalization of abortion in Malawi, saying abortion, in the eyes of God, is wrong, evil, cruel, sinful and satanic.
Currently, abortion is outlawed except in cases where pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.
Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu has however assured that government has no such plans to bring such a bill before parliament.
In a statement released Thursday and signed by its Moderator Reverend Vasco Kachipapa and Synod Clerk Reverend Brian Kamwendo, the Synod, which has more than 2 million members, said it has the responsibility of fighting against everything bad for the multifaceted growth of the human being.
“To deliberately destroy an innocent human being at any point after conception is, in God’s eyes wrong, evil, cruel, sinful and satanic. Therefore, ‘discarding’ embryos, terminating pregnancy by dismembering, poisoning or prematurely inducing the delivery of a foetus, starving the new born, handicapped or a deformed child are all prohibited by the teaching of the Bible: ‘you shall not murder’.
“No civilized society permits one human being to intentionally harm or take the life of another human being without punishment, and abortion is no different,” reads the statement in part.
The synod further urges members of parliament not to pass the Abortion Bill if it is tabled in the next sitting of the Houe, saying Malawians voted them to the august house to pass laws meant to protect the same life.
“How long shall Malawi continue to change its godly laws because of few people who are selfish, careless, cruel and evil? We must not forget that this nation was founded on Christian principles and known to be a God-fearing nation.
“Our request is also extended to Her Excellency President Joyce Banda not to sign for the legalization of Abortion in case parliamentarians decide to pass the bill. As a leader who fears God and as a mother, we believe that Her Excellency is there to protect the life of every Malawian including the unborn baby,” reads the statement.
Leaders of Malawi’s biggest Christian church movement, the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), are also in record to have oppose any attempts to legalise termination of pregnancies, saying “abortion works against God’s will”
National Coordinator of the Islamic Information Bureau Sheikh Dinala Chabulika also said it would be inhumane for Malawi to legalize the procedure.
“In Islam”, he explained, “abortion is only allowed when there is proof from a medical doctor that the life of a mother will be in danger during delivery.”
According to the laws, any person who administers an abortion faces 14 years imprisonment and any woman who solicits an abortion is liable to 7 years in prison.
Despite this, abortions still occur, usually performed by untrained personnel and a recent study proposed to government to consider liberalizing abortion laws so that all women should have access to abortion using safe methods from trained medical practitioners.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :