Monday 20 July 2009

Good news from Cameroon: 20,000 march for life has reported that 20,000 people have staged a pro-life march in the African country of Cameroon. The march was organised in opposition to the Maputo protocol, which seeks to force all 53-member states of the African Union to legalise abortion. Some extracts from the report:
  • "The march was led Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Archbishop of Douala, on the sixth anniversary of the adoption of the Protocol".
  • "An interreligious delegation of Catholics, Protestants and Muslims also handed a letter and petition to the Governor, to be presented to the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, with 30,000 signatures, petitioning an end to legal abortion."
  • "The coadjutor Archbishop of the Douala Archdiocese, Samuel Kleda said in the homily during the Mass, '[W]e cannot pretend to defend women by proposing that they have an abortion and use contraception, which threatens their dignity and nuclear family. No reason can be used to justify abortion or infanticide.'"
  • "Chief A.S. Ngwana, leader of the Cardinal Democratic Party (CDP) said legalizing abortion was 'a ploy from the West to check the African population.'"
This resistance by Cameroonians to the Maputo protocol is yet another reason why pro-lifers should be hopeful about the future.

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