Six million abortions in 2011; wide spread of practices such as sterilization of women; systematic use of contraception and birth control methods, which promote a program of radical transformation of African societies, directing them towards the destructive ideologies of human life: these are the damages caused by the "Maputo Protocol", approved in July 2003 by the Assembly of the African Union in Mozambique, according to Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, President of Human Life International.
"This is an anniversary to be remembered but not to celebrated," says the president of HLI. The document entitled, "Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa", "set into motion an agenda that has radically impacted the African continent, and has emboldened population control groups throughout Africa ", notes Fr. Boquet.
"Proponents of the Maputo Protocol want us to believe that the primary focus of their document is female genital mutilation (FGM), a heinous crime affecting nearly two million African women annually," he explains.
However, female genital mutilation is mentioned only once in the document, which focuses on the legalization of abortion, contraception and sterilization. "The document," continued Rev. Boquet, "promotes a change of the traditional family asking for the elimination of discrimination against women, which is always unjust and immoral. However, the use of this term within the Protocol is aimed at promoting the free exercise of sexual rights of women, i.e. freedom to seek an abortion, contraception and sterilization. "
The Maputo Protocol calls for the free use and distribution of abortifacient contraceptives, while emphasizing that African countries should provide "new educational methods to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of women and men."
"This is a radical attempt to reshape and refocus the minds and lives of millions of people, with a propaganda of death that destroys the very foundation of a society and brings into question its future existence," writes Fr. Boquet. "Such policies result in the breakdown of the family, illegitimacy, growth in the number of orphans, fatherless families and promiscuity. The contraceptive mentality and legalized abortion endorsed by the Maputo Protocol, will not lead to fewer abortions, as its supporters would have us believe, but many more abortions," warned Fr. Boquet. In fact, organizations such as Planned Parenthood which promote population control note that the number of abortions actually grew in Africa between 2003 and 2008.