Daily Monitor of July 29 published an article that government is drafting a Bill to legalise abortion in some instances. On June 8, another article titled “New abortion guidelines” was published.
On June 1, an article by Kyetune C.B.M.C. Programme, advertised unsafe abortion as a silent killer among vulnerable women. The article blames the current abortion law as being responsible for high rates of death due to unsafe methods used.
I would like to join this debate since all of us Ugandans are stakeholders in this matter. We are a Christian country and we should discuss this issue in that perspective.
Unsafe abortion is considered as the second leading cause of maternal deaths in Uganda.
Unwanted pregnancies lead to abortions. Abortion-related complications are some of the leading causes of admissions to gynecology wards in hospitals. Currently, abortion in Uganda is legal and permissible when a pregnancy endangers a woman’s life or her physical and mental health. Any other reason for abortion is criminal.
Abortion is actually a sin. It is murder which is against the fifth Commandment of God: ‘You shall not kill (Ex. 23:7)’. It is a sin against the Creator-God.
God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices such as drugs – God is in that person’s life. God is in an unborn baby whether that baby was conceived as a result of rape, defilement or after an incestuous relationship.
God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can, under any circumstance, claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.
Human life must be protected absolutely from the moment of its conception. From the first moment of its existence, a human being must be recognised as having the rights of a human being.
Abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you” (Jer. 1:5).
Remember also God’s Covenant with Noah. God said, “And from each man, too, I will demand an accountability for the life of his fellow man. ‘Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man’”(Genesis 9:5-6).
Abortion compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality and right to life of the unborn.
Many such women are tormented and many end up with mental disorders, not conceiving again, family problems, and sometimes unexplained deaths occur in the family.
The rates of separation and divorce among such couples are high and children do not grow up in a stable home environment. These scenarios may be attributed to God’s curse in Genesis 4:10-11.
Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, care for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being. They are voiceless whose survival depends on you.
It is the mission of medical doctors to affirm the sacredness and inviolability of human life which must be loved, defended and cared for with trust and humility. They went to medical school to save life not to kill!
The reasons being advanced in favour of abortion are rape, defilement or incestuous relationship. Why doesn’t the State draft a law to kill these evil doers rather than kill the voiceless, the innocent? Some laws are already in place, why are they not working? Is it the implementation problem or are they not deterrent enough?
The State has the right and duty to inflict punishment proportionate to the gravity of the offence.
Daily Monitor of June 11, reported that Kenyan teachers who engage in sexual relations with students are barred from teaching for the rest of their lives.
In Uganda interdiction would only mean transferring from one job to another, and sometimes, even to a better job.