Bishops reject call for mass abortions for terror victims

Nigeria’s Catholic bishops have spoken out against calls for mass abortions for some of the pregnant women rescued from Boko Haram.

The bishops’ conference health committee chair Bishop Anselm Umoren told a press conference the life of every baby is distinct from that of the parents.

Aborting the unborn children of the rescued women would visit the sin of the terrorists, who impregnated the women, on the innocent, he said.

Bishop Umoren acknowledged the trauma involved in sexual assault and rape.

But he said the Catholic Church in Nigeria is prepared to provide some support to help the healing, rehabilitation and resettlement of the victims, leading to their integration back into society.

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