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Catholic bishops against abortion in Benin


A bill seeking to legalize abortion in most circumstances in the West African nation of Benin through the amendment of the law on sexual health is a threat to life and seeks to foster a “culture of death”, Catholic Bishops in the country noted in a statement earlier this week.

In their collective statement Monday, October 19, the Catholic Bishops urged Members of Parliament in Benin to vote against the bill, a plea that went unheeded.

On Wednesday, October 20, MPs in Benin adopted the bill modifying the provisions of Articles 17 and 19 of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2003, thus legalizing abortion in most circumstances, according to Panapress, the African News Agency headquartered in Dakar, Senegal.

The law, which highlights various circumstances when medical doctors can authorize abortion, “still needs to be ratified by the constitutional court before it takes effect,” Reuters has reported.

In their statement at the end of the 2021 Ordinary Plenary session, members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) express concerns about the law that is yet to be ratified by Benin’s Constitutional Court.

Source: ACI Africa

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