Posted by News Express | 13 September 2016 | 1,958 times
Knights of the Order of Saint Mulumba in collaboration with the Family and Human Life Unit, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos have concluded arrangements to hold a reparation vigil on abortion.
Metropolitan Grand Knight, Lagos Metropolitan Council of the Order, Dr. Charles Mbelede, addressing a press conference in Lagos, said the programme holding September 16, 2016 at the Church of Transfiguration, Lekki, is to reiterate the stand of the Catholic Church on zero tolerance on abortion. According to him, the vigil, which forms part of the Order’s Pro-life activities, is coming at the same time as the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Abortion, he said refers to any premature expulsion of a human foetus, whether naturally spontaneous, as in a miscarriage, or artificially induced, as in a surgical or chemical abortion.
“Abortion ends a pregnancy by destroying and removing the developing child. According to medical experts, a baby’s heart is noticeable by six weeks and during the seventh through the tenth weeks, when the majority of abortions are performed, fingers and genitals appear and the child’s face is recognisably human. Abortion is pure murder,” he said.
Dr. Mbelede laying emphasis on the evils of abortion re-echoed the words of Saint (Mother) Teresa, who said: “The greatest destroyer of peace today is the cry of the innocent unborn child. For if a mother can murder her own child in her womb, what is left for you and for me to kill each other?”
He listed the risks associated with abortion to include; pelvic infection, blood clots in the uterus, heavy bleeding, cut or torn cervix and anaesthesia related complications.
He also frowned at the use of contraceptives saying natural method is the only option approved by the Catholic Church.
A prolife consultant and representative of the President of Family Life Unit, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Dr. (Mrs.) Henrietta Williams, in own comments outlined the dangers of contraceptives and advised couples to go for natural family planning methods.
She stated that sex education that promotes spiritual and ethical values should be taught at homes and schools and not the one that promotes moral laxity.
•Photo shows Ladies of Saint Mulumba (LSM), Lady Elizabeth Kolawole, representative of President, Lagos Metropolitan Council; Knights of Saint Mulumba, Lagos Metropolitan Grand Knight, Dr. Charles Mbelede; Ladies of Saint Mulumba (LSM), Financial Secretary, Lagos Metropolitan Council, Lady Bridget Edoro; Pro Life Consultant, Dr. (Mrs) Henrietta Williams (Representative of Family and Human Life Unit, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos) at a Press Conference to signpost the 2016 Vigil on abortion by Knights of Saint Mulumba, on Thursday, September 8, 2016. /span>
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