Church bodies in Malawi are urging citizens to spiritedly participate in nationwide protests against abortion planned for December 6.
The bodies, Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) and Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), say the march will act as a tool to remind all those that are advocating for the same that human life is sacred.
ECM general secretary Fr Henry Saindi said in a statement that “the dignity of a human being is the foundation if moral vision for any society.”
According to the statement “from the moment of conception, a life is begun that is neither of the father nor of the mother it is rather the life of a new human being with his own growth. It is, therefore, important that we all safeguard, preserve and protect life with extreme care from conception.”
The statement highlights further that it wishes to remind all that defending marriage as a unit of a man and woman is the responsibility of every citizen of Malawi.
“Marriage is the first cell if society as it provides the healthiest environment for raising the next generation of citizens,” adds ECM.
While some quarters argue that legalisation of abortion will lower the maternal mortality rate in the country, an expert expressed reservations.
Christian Medical Dentist Fellowship vice-president Dr Rodney Kalanda told The Nation that the notion was not “correct.”
The notion that we shall see a decrease in maternal mortality rate is misleading, said Kalanda adding that there is “no country that has achieved that.”