Nairobi, 14 November, 2019 / 1:29 am (ACI Africa).
As the controversial International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) entered its second day in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, ACI Africa reached out to African Catholic professionals opposed to some of the agenda of the Summit, particularly issues that seem to promote the culture of death through abortions and planned parenthood through the use of contraceptives.
“The ICPD25 said that they were going to fight against three zeros - zero unmet needs for family planning, zero maternal mortality and a zero gender-based violence and those are noble causes,” Dr. Wahome Ngare, a gynecologist told ACI Africa Wednesday, November 13 on the sidelines of the Pro-Life and Pro-Family ICPD25 Side Events.
Referencing the three "noble causes," Dr. Ngare clarified, “We agree with them that those are things that we need to fight, especially where family planning also includes natural family planning and doesn't specifically mean contraceptives.”
However, the medical doctor who is the Vice Secretary of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) expressed concerns that while the ‘three zeros’ agenda of the Nairobi Summit seems noble, the means to attaining the goals is questionable as it has introduced “an ideology that is foreign to us and not in line with our constitution and our faith.”
He explained his concerns, “The commitments on how those (three zeros agenda) were to be attained ended up just being a campaign for sexual and reproductive health and rights, which are completely contrary to what we believe to be true.”