Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Okorocha, Catholic Doctors At War Over Abortion Law

Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, and Catholic Medical Practitioners Association are at daggers-drawn over the abortion bill the former just signed into law.

The law, among others, permits women to procure abortion at will. Sponsored by the Majority Leader and member representing Ahiazu Mbaise state constituency, Mrs. Adekunle Ihuoma, the law is to be cited as “Imo State of Nigeria, Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law Number 12 of 2012”.

According to the new law, every woman shall have the right to enjoy reproductive rights, including  rights to medical abortion in cases of s*xual assault, rape, incest and where the continued pregnancy endangers the life or the physical, mental, psychological or emotional health of the mother.


The law also stipulates that “every woman shall have the right to take decisions about her health needs and requirements.”

The law was very specific that a woman “shall have the right to determine the processes concerning reproduction in her body.”

Okorocha also approved that every woman should have a right to health, which should be understood to mean enjoyment of the highest level of physical, mental and social well-being and healthcare services.

These provisions include everything relating to family planning.

Chairman, Catholic Medical Practitioners Association, Dr. Phillip Njemanze, has reacted angrily to the law, arguing that “the law is anti-God, dehumanizing and totally unacceptable to the association.

“The law is devastating. With its signing into law by Governor Okorocha, abortion has been legalized in the state and anybody, just anybody can now ask for abortion as a right in the state.”

While recalling that the National Assembly had earlier rejected the bill, especially as it was against humanity, Njemanze reasoned that the law would encourage human egg trafficking.

Vanguard

25 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to you Ladun,longlife and prosperity,may your heart desires be granted

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  2. The Catholic doctors also have the right to deny anyone seeking the procedure their devices. This is why we live in a free country. Why is this always an issue. Live and let live

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  3. Good one! Her body, her choice!

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  4. justlikeme@live.com28 August, 2013 12:05

    Happy Birthday ladun!

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  5. why na...why will the church be that 'civilized' to approve of such thing?
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  6. A huge step forward. A job well done, Adekunle Ihuoma and Okorocha!

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  7. this man is really bold o,i dont think he wants his APC to win governorship.in Anambra that the catholic church holds political sway he is doing this? to be fair i support abortion only in a narrow and specific case not indiscriminately

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    1. He's d governor of Imo State and not Anambra.. (ITK)

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  8. Well done Governor. Finally someone who is bold enough to be progressive. Religion should never be used as an excuse to impose laws on others (e.g. Child bride). Who are we to impose our own religious beliefs on others.

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  9. Gov Okorocha I salute you. Unsafe abortions are done regularly in Nigeria, this new law protects women. Legalizing abortions all over Nigeria will reduce instances of people abandoning babies or throwing them away.
    No woman should have to suffer 9 months pregnancy, hours of labour and 18 years of taking care of a child, just because she was raped.

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  10. Well some issues can't be debated with those who haven't been tainted with religion.

    We have a situation where abortion (even though it is illegal) can be done anywhere and anyhow. However, because of its illegality, it is done in unsafe and dangerous manners and the life of women have been endangered by this.

    If made legal, it would be carried out by professionals and all the unwanted dangers would gradually become a thing of the past, like in other developed countries.

    You might claim that those dangers are earthly judgement for these people's murder, but 1stly if u are a christian, what is the essence of salvation and repentance when the sinner is dead (a consequence of bad abortions). 2ndly, not everyone is a christian or a catholic, we live in a multi-cultural, multi-religious secular society and if we are having reservations about Islamic laws entering mainstream (like the child bride issue) and we don't want the Muslims to force their ways on us, then we shouldn't force our religion on others who are clearly not willing to follow it. We must respect the rights of others

    The smallest light shines brightest in the dark, if "devout Christians" feel that the world is turn darker, they should shine their light brightest, cos that's when we will see them

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    1. Even where abortion is legal, a doctor has a choice to refer a patient if he is unable to carry out an abortion

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  11. his horrible end is just by the corner. over self centred fool

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  12. hahahahahahahaha........... Rochas no go kill me oo......hhahahahahahahaha!!!!

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  13. hahahahahahaha................ Rochas no go kill me o..... hahahahahahaha!!!!!

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  14. Bible thumping bigots.

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  15. Ladun,no prayer points today? @Nnena onuoha,I'l get bak @ u later for ur reply on d nikky laoye story.

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  16. Okorocha,are Yerima's brother???

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  17. What is this country turning to?Legalising abortion? When is against our religious beliefs..Hmmnn Lord have mercy

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    1. Gosh! Why do we have dumb people..it is not infringing on your religious beliefs. The law is say IF YOU WANT TO do it, you can...if you don't and/or you disagree based on religion, then don't. You're the same people that complain about Sharia. Welcome to a democracy dude! Reading is fundamental. Geez!

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  18. Happy birthday ladun.

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  19. Well I agree in some certain circumstances but not at a free will.

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