Lagos, 04 July, 2022 / 8:57 pm (ACI Africa).
Faith-based leaders and Catholics were not consulted in the move by the State of Lagos in Nigeria to legalize abortion through what is being described as the “safe termination of pregnancy for legal indications", Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese has said.
On June 29, Lagos State, through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, unveiled a 40-page policy document, tagged, "Lagos State Guidelines on Safe Termination of Pregnancy for Legal Indications" that is allegedly meant to justify some cases of abortion.
In a Sunday, July 3 press statement, which the Director of Social Communications of Lagos Archdiocese, issued, Archbishop Adewale calls on the Nigerian State government to stop the implementation of the guidelines.
“The issue of abortion touches very much on ethical and religious sensibilities and religious bodies were not consulted, certainly the millions of Catholics who have always maintained their strong opposition to legalization of abortion in any guise were not consulted,” the Nigerian Archbishop says in the statement that Fr. Anthony Godonu issued.
He adds, “The Catholic Church and all ethically-minded people oppose all forms of abortion procedures whose direct purpose is to terminate the life of a baby in the womb.”