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Imo State governor signs abortion bill into law. Religous groups and catholic medical practitioners strongly criticize the bill
| September 03, 2013
Chief Rochas Okorocha, the governor of Imo State, religious groups and the Catholic Medical Practitioners Association are loggerheads over the abortion bill the governor recently signed into law. The bill was sponsored by the Imo State House of Assembly Majority Leader and member representing Ahiazu Mbaise state constituency, Mrs. Adekunle Ihuoma, and is cited as the “Imo State of Nigeria, Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law Number 12 of 2012”. The law grants every woman in Imo state the right to enjoy reproductive rights, including rights to medical abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest and where the continued pregnancy endangers the life or the physical, mental, psychological or emotional health of the mother. The law also stipulates that “every woman shall have the right to take decisions about her health needs and requirements and the right to determine the processes concerning reproduction in her body.” However, religious groups and the Catholic Medical Practitioners Association reacted angrily to the signing of the bill. The Chairman, Catholic Medical Practitioners Association, Dr. Phillip Njemanze, said, “the law is anti-God, dehumanizing and totally unacceptable to the association. “The law is devastating. With its signing into law by Governor Okorocha, abortion has been legalized in the state and anybody, just anybody can now ask for abortion as a right in the state.” He also argued that the new law would encourage human egg trafficking. The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. Anthony J. V. Obinna, had also called for the immediate abrogation of what he called “the anti-life law” and However, in what seems to be double speak, the Deputy Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Chindu Offor, while speaking to reporters said that abortion has not been legalised in Imo state. He also said that Governor Okorocha would address members of the Imo State House of Assembly on the contentious issue today. Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal bishops are also invited to the event.

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Obioma    Yola, Nigeria    September 27, 2013
Thou shall not kill.
Thou shall not commit adultery.
flee fornication.
The Laws above are what we know.
Your Excellency sir, why are we against the
Laws of He that enthrone you?
Chikadibia    Owerri, Nigeria    September 24, 2013
Too bad that will lead some women into furnication since abortion is aproved by the government
Eze chibuzo joel    imo, nigeria    September 12, 2013
This is unholy. the bible said that every unrighteousness is sin. Please my people these is evil
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