Those involved in administering the drugs were trained on the procedure and to look out for “indication, contraindications, and above all, references,” the health practitioner stated referencing situations in medicine when practitioners assess clients to determine when a certain medical treatment is used, when the medical treatment is withheld, and when it is necessary to refer the client for further consultations respectively.
Initially, there were four sites with doctors and nurses oriented for the established sites, “then we expanded because there were not many cases,” the practitioner disclosed to ACI Africa.
Justifying cases considered for the procedures, the health practitioner said, “The indications were given, either a pregnancy with a serious total anomaly, or pregnancies with a serious maternal pathology involving the mother's life, or certain pregnancies that were stopped clandestinely.”
The abortion process involves, according to the health practitioner, doing “an ultrasound to find the wrong formation that is incompatible with life. You have to consult the specialists before you do the abortion.”
“We are in a network and we are working, all the results are there,” the practitioner said and disclosed that the tests were positive and that the administration of tablets “gives us less work. Because there are many people who cannot leave the village and come here to the city to do so.”
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“We also had to test the pathways, that is by vaginal, oral, and sublingual pathways,” the health practitioner said and went on to disclose the findings saying, “We saw that it is the sublingual route that was very effective and it made it possible to manage the problem that arises, that is, the duration of bleeding.”
Whatever the justifications, Catholic Church leaders in Africa who have spoken to ACI Africa about these tests by Gynuity Health Projects and other abortion-related initiatives in an African setting have strongly condemned the practices, terming them part of a wider strategy to take advantage of Africans.
“It was in August 2018 that the Minister of Health Nicolas Meda made a plea in favour of the American NGO Susan Thompson Buffett to the Burkinabe authorities in favour of abortion for "girls in distress," the Bishops’ Chair for Health of the Episcopal Conferece of Burkina Faso and Niger, Bishop Justin Kientega told ACI Africa.
He added, “Several voices denounced this project that will aggravate the depravity of morals and sexual libertinage.”
“At this time the Catholic doctors wanted to release a statement denouncing this move but the bishops advised them to be calm since everybody was already talking about it,” Bishop Kientega said and added, “We calmed down since the opposition parties had written precisely to denounce this sneaky manoeuvre. Of course, we see here a country that receives external funding but on condition that this or that law is passed.”
“The Catholic Church is against any initiatives that go against its teachings,” the Burkinabe Bishop said referencing the Church’s stance on abortion.
Bishop Kientega is among Church leaders who have condemned the activities by the U.S.-based entity, Gynuity Health Projects as will be reported in subsequent reports.
Look out for part two of this four-part report, which will give narratives of various Church leaders in Africa describing the current African context that seems to favor the entry of foreign entities keen to destroy human and Christian values on the continent.