North Malawi MPs against legalising ‘satanic’ abortion, female MPs vow to fight bill – Report

The Termination of Pregnancy Bill  also known as the Abortion Bill has dominated the headlines on Saturday with reports that female lawmakers and most Northern Region legislators  have vowed to reject the piece of legislation if it is tabled during the current sitting.

Ngwale (r) with gender activist Emma Kaliya
Susan Dossi: I would vote against it
Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua:  it is more like authorising killinG
Kalaile-Banda said would not support the Bill.

The proposed Bill is lobbying for the safe termination of pregnancy where it poses a threat to the life of a woman, or it as a result of incest or rape among others.

The current law only provides for termination of pregnancy where the life of a woman is in danger.

The Weekend Nation newspaper reported on Saturday that it conducted a survey – which has revealed that 113 members of Parliament (MPs) out of 141, or 80  percent  will reject the Bill if Parliamentary Committee on Health chairperson Mathews Ngwale, will table the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the current sitting of Parliament in Lilongwe.

Ngwale has the support of various advocacy groups, including the Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (Copua)—a fierce campaigner of the proposed Bill.

Copua claims the country has a high prevalence of death from unsafe abortions, a thing that needs to be addressed.

But both Christianity and Islam – the country’s biggest religions – are diametrically opposed to anything that challenges the sanctity of life.

Several faith groups have also spoken against the Bill. They include the General Assembly of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Public Affairs Committee (PAC), and Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM).

Reporting about its poll survey, the Weekend Nation, said 24 of the 43 female legislators in the august House have opposed the Bill .

“So long as the Bill is to do with abortion, it is a straight ‘No’ vote for me,” said Joyce Chitsulo, who represents Mwanza West in quotes reported by the paper.

She said  as a mother, she cannot debate on issues to do with any loss of life. She fell pregnant while in secondary school.

“I did not abort. I just could not and I am proud of my choice. Of the three children I have, the first is my daughter, born out of that pregnancy.

“Today, I find my decision even more fulfilling that she is an accomplished professional midwife herself,” the parliamentarian said.

Chikwawa West legislator Susan Dossi agrees that ‘life is sacred’ and to support the Bill would be against her conscience. Mangochi Central legislator Victoria Kingstone will also reject the Bill.

She said: “It is an outright ‘No’ from me. I am a practicing Catholic and my church does not encourage even contraceptives. As such, I cannot do anything against my conscience.

“Besides that chiefs in my constituency are also against termination of pregnancy. So as their representative I cannot go against their wishes.”

In interviews with the Northern Region legislators, most  of them  indicated that they would not be supporting the Bill.

Chitipa Wenya’s Davis Ng’ambi and his Chitipa South counterpart, Werani Chilenga, said the Bill was ‘devilish’ and would not be supported.

Chilenga said abortion was “devilish, barbaric, satanic and it can only happen over my dead body. The people of Chitipa South reject it.”

Mzimba South East legislator Ackson Kalaile-Banda said would not support the Bill.

In quotes reported by the paper, Rumphi East legislator Kamlepo Kaluwa said: “I don’t support the Bill, and I won’t because supporting it is more like authorising killing, so Rumphi East will not support that Bill.”

MP for Mzimba East, Wezzie Gondwe said, while she personally supports the Bill, but it would be impossible for her to vote for it because people in her area regard abortion as a sin and evil, so she will vote against it.

Nkhata Bay Central legislator Symon Vuwa Kaunda said: “I am a Christian, and the people I represent do not want the Bill. So, no to it! I know fellow MPs have been getting allowances on meetings aimed at supporting the Bill, but I haven’t been attending them. I don’t want it and the people I represent reject it.”

In it’s extended coverage, the paper in an editorial comment said there is need for massive civic education for all stakeholders on the Bill.

“For example, it is imperative that law makers take time to read it and understand it so that they can appreciate it. Otherwise those rejecting it now might be doing so out of ignorance . And they may just be throwing away the baby with bath water,” reads the editorial in conclusion.

Ngwale agrees that. ignorance is fuelling rejection of the Bill, admitting that even some legislators do not understand its contents.

 

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Mteza
Mteza
2 months ago

😭😭😭😭 why not discuss about country development? All idiots

Alungwana
Alungwana
2 months ago

There is no better reason to take life basi.

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
2 months ago

They actually seem to be ignorant about the proposed bill. If they are not ignorant, they clearly are misinformed or worse they are religious zealots since they are citing religious reasons for holding their positions.

ATI
ATI
2 months ago

It appears to me that most of these MPs are ignorant on the issue and are looking at it with religious lens only. As a country our current laws regarding abortion are violating several international human rights treaties that we signed as a country. Legalizing abortion does not violate your religion because you still have a choice to take an abortion or not. If you are a staunch Christian then the bill doesn’t affect you if you get pregnant and choose to keep it thats your choice. Malawi does not have a state religion in the constitution so the religious… Read more »

Dan
Dan
2 months ago

Pleease not al who reject the bill are ignorant of what the bill is prsenting. At the end of the day there are asked to make a decision between death and life of an innocent soul. SO the the status quo seem to be more appealing to Malawians than what the so called women groups and their cronies want to take Malawi to. The answer is NO with advocacy or not, with imported rights or not. Let the bill be presented before parliament for the devil and his mesengers to be ashmed and they will be allowed to demonstrate in… Read more »

N one
2 months ago

Legalise it. Make it safe for them.

Anthony Jallet
Anthony Jallet
2 months ago
Reply to  N one

Going against one of God’s Commandments 😭😭🤦🏻‍♂️. Where’s the world taking us to?

Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
2 months ago

STUPID REPORTING

80 of MPs are to reject Bill how is that northeren MPs.
Malawi has a major problem with this “Atumbuka this Atumbuka that”

Let them go and create their own country. Let’s see who is going to suffer.

Muchinga
Muchinga
2 months ago

You have inferiority complex.May your demons be exercised.

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
2 months ago

I wonder why? You are busy commenting here that the bill is good. Its because your monther she didnt abort you. Think about yourself had it been your mother aborted you was it goong to feel good or not?

Kambala
Kambala
2 months ago

Those MPs who reject it. I think they didn’t understand the bill. The bill is very important!

BigMan
BigMan
2 months ago

I bet most think “it will legalize abortion”. Its against my religion, bla bla bla…..

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