Religious leaders move to block Malawi’s Abortion Bill

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Malawian religious leaders have resolved to block the debating and enactment of the Abortion Bill which is scheduled for tabling in the National Assembly. Representatives of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Malawi Council of Churches, Evangelical Association of Malawi and Quadria Muslim Association of Malawi, have vowed to frustrate efforts by MPs to debate and pass the Bill.

Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa, of the Archdiocese of Blantyre, reiterated that “abortion is murder” and life begins at conception. “We would like to reiterate our position that we celebrate, protect and defend life and the dignity of the human person and we call for collective voice to all Malawians to stand up for the life of all people, including the unborn child. Human life is a fundamental value because God created human beings in His own image and likeness, male and female,” Msusa said.

Parliamentary Committee on Health chair Matthews Ngwale told the Nyasa Times that they were not introducing a new law ‘but providing additional exceptions’.

Full Nyasa Times report

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