Malawi churches top leaders are meeting in Mangochi at the Sun n Sand holiday resort, dialoguing on Maternal Health, Human Rights and Abortion Law Reform from 28th to 29th July 2016.
On day one Thursday, delegates were exploring research findings on the magnitude nd problems of unsafe abortion, looking at the Malawi Abortion Laws and Women’s Rights, and appreciating the Abortion Law Reform in Malawi to date.
On Friday they will go through Women Reproductive Health Problems issues, and explore more of Abortion Laws in Africa and Human Rights.
The faith leaders, drawn from across the country, including individual participation of will also ask experts/Doctors questions on the sticky matter, and further be presented with hospital examples on Post Abortion Care Treatment.
Acting General Secretary of Malawi Council of Churches, Bishop Dr. Gilford Immanuel Matonga has said the dialogue is timely and important because it gives the faith community an opportunity to discuss abortion.
He also said members will appreciate the proposed abortion law reforms, which apart from allowing abortion to save a woman if her life is in danger, also proposes that abortion may take place when pregnancy is as a result of rape or defilement, on mental imbalance, incestuous incidences, among others.
“We cannot stand aside and watch when the many women and girls that are been affected are our own congregational members. We need to appreciate the law and the situation and make informed decisions. We are not here to help legalise abortion. We are here to understand the proposed legal reforms,” he said.
The outcome will chart out a roadmap for faith leaders in engaging with its membership on the matter.