LILONGWE ( Malawi NewsNow) –Catholic bishops through their body, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are urging Malawians of all walks of life to take part in the planned national wide pro-life and pro-marriage march scheduled for Decembers 6.
The bishops approved and endorsed a plan to hold the joint nationwide demonstrations called Citizens march for life and family with the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM).
In a statement signed by Secretary General Henry Saindi, ECM repeated that human life is under direct attack through the proposed “Termination of Pregnancy Bill” and that marriage between man and woman is also under attack from those pushing the legalisation of homosexual practices and unions.
“The objectives of the match are in two folds; calling upon all Malawians of goodwill to stand up for life by saying no to the proposed Bill. Human life must be respected, preserved and defended from the moment of conception.
“We are also calling upon all Malawians to stand up for the institution of marriage and family. Marriage between man and woman must be protected, supported and strengthened and not undermined. We want to say no to gay and lesbian unions and practices,” reads the statement in part.
The proposed abortion bill would grant virtual abortion on demand, providing exceptions to the current century-old law, which calls for a penalty of up to 14 years in prison but allows abortion when the mother’s life is endangered by delivery.
It would add exceptions not only for cases of rape, incest, deformity, and any danger to the mother, but also when mental distress is risked.
The law’s provisions are backed by questionable statistics suggesting that the country has 71,000 illegal abortions yearly, half of which, it is also claimed, lead to complications.