18 November 2016 Last updated at: 10:07 AM

Abortion bill: Churches to take to the streets in protest

As the controversial Termination of Pregnancy bill is expected to make its way to Parliament, two local churches have organised countrywide demonstrations to persuade lawmakers not to pass the bill into law.

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The two, Roman Catholic under the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) and Evangelical Churches under Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) have expressed their discomfort in seeing the Termination of Pregnancy bill passed into law.

According to the two churches, abortion remains immoral and evil to a God-fearing country like Malawi.

The churches have since set December 6 as a day to voice out their stand on the bill.

Speaking to members of the press in the capital Lilongwe on Thursday, ECM general secretary Dr. Fr. Henry Saindi said it is against the faith to have such laws amongst the believers.

Henry Saindi

We are worried: Saindi.

“From the faith perspective, our belief is that the bill of terminating pregnancy if passed into law, is a direct attack to life and must be considered as immoral and evil,” said Saindi.

However, some clerics under the banner of Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) have showed full support for the bill aimed at preventing unsafe abortions.

Chairperson for MCC Reverend Alex Maulana disclosed that they are in support of the bill to be a law in the country.

Currently, sections 149 to 151 of the penal code criminalise abortion but some health and gender activists have been advocating for the review of these two sections.



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