Nigerian bishops: no abortions for girls raped by terrorists

politics | Sep 12, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria is urging Nigerians to come to the aid of women and girls who were raped and impregnated by their Muslim terrorist captors. Auxiliary Bishop Anselm Umoren of Abuja denounced calls by some parties to conduct a mass abortion of the resulting babies. Recently, the Nigerian military with assistance from allied countries such as the United States have regained the freedom of hundreds of girls and women who had been abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist Muslim sect.
 
The bishop said, "We condemned in strong terms some misguided actions being canvassed by a cross section of persons and groups to the effect that mass abortion should be performed for the women," according to a report by Agenzia Fides. "It is not tenable the suggestion that killing the babies conceived through rape by the terrorists is the most humane action to take in this instance," continued the churchman. “Since the babies are ignorant and innocent of the crimes against their mothers, it is unethical to punish them for the sins and offences of their erring fathers."
 
Bishop Umoren forcefully condemned the serial rapes of Boko Haram’s captives, while deploring "the enormous trauma of sexual violence." Said the bishop, "The Catholic Church in Nigeria in cooperation with all people of goodwill is ever prepared to provide every measure of support to accelerate the healing, rehabilitation and resettlement of the victims so that they can swiftly be reintegrated into the society."   

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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