Ouagadougou, 07 January, 2020 / 1:13 am (ACI Africa).
This is part two of a four-part news report, detailing what ACI Africa has gathered regarding activities by a U.S.-based research company testing drug-induced, second-trimester abortion, something that women in the U.S. do not want. The first part reported a testimony of a health professional privy to the clinical procedures undertaken by the U.S.-based research company, Gynuity Health Projects who spoke to ACI Africa on condition of anonymity. The current report details the take of Church leaders in Africa. The condemnation of these African leaders and the way forward will be reported in the third and fourth parts respectively.
Background: After research initiatives on the effectiveness of abortion-inducing tablets for women who are at least 12 weeks pregnant failed to take off in the U.S., a research organization based in the same country decided, a couple of years ago, to cross several borders to the West African country of Burkina Faso to conduct the study, testing chemical abortion on women with limited resources, ACI Africa has established.
The President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo described the abortion tests as part of “the culture of death” that seems to characterize the present world.
“Our world is currently being shaken by the culture of death, with ideologies advocating abortion, euthanasia, homicide and even attacks of all kinds,” Cardinal Ouedraogo told ACI Africa in an exclusive interview and added, “Women and men give in to voluntary abortion, women throw their babies in gutters, in septic tanks. The Church is aware of the lax and permissive tendencies of the present world in this regard.”
The Burkinabe Cardinal views the abortion tests on African women, which target “the lives of the most vulnerable” as part of an ongoing “ideological governance (that) tends to impose a dictatorship of single thought on all countries, that is, to promote the principle of abortion for all, without any restriction.”