By Francis Kagolo
A group of global pro-life activists has raised the red flag over plans by a section of medics and civil society organisations to influence Uganda to legalize abortion.
The activists say this is part of a broad campaign by the West to keep Africa underdeveloped to ensure ‘steady flow of resources from Africa for their own development’.
The Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) and the African Anti-abortion Coalition (AAAC) warned that several countries and organisations in the West are sponsoring opinion leaders and NGOs to campaign for an amendment of laws to legalize abortion.
In a letter purportedly sent to President Yoweri Museveni and copied to New Vision, Dr. Philip C. Njemanze, who has led the anti-abortion campaign in Nigeria, asked Uganda to be on the alert of covert pro-abortion activities.
Njemanze, the leader of AAAC, argues that legalizing abortion will not decrease maternal mortality as its promoters want Africans to believe.
"Countries like Ireland which have banned abortion have the lowest maternal mortality according to published scientific studies. Maternal mortality in the UK [where abortion is allowed] is double that of Ireland at six per 100,000 in England and Wales compared to 3 in Ireland."
Dated March 25, the letter says a secret plot using a "deceptive guideline to enter abortion into Uganda's laws (was) revealed by the minister for primary health care Sarah Opendi during a stormy national stakeholder's meeting on ending unsafe abortion in Uganda."
"A similar guideline which became law and then entered into the Constitution of Kenya has been used by pro-abortion international agencies sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation," the letter adds.
"These actions have been supported by G8 leaders who have used the national aid agencies as well as UN agencies to push for abortion for aid."
‘Abortion does not reduce maternal deaths’
The alliance contends that to perpetuate underdevelopment, sub-Sahara African countries have been pressured to maintain a low population density to maintain an all-consumer market place.
A Ugandan global medical expert, who did not want to be named, verified the fears, saying that several peer-reviewed studies have discovered that abortion does not necessarily reduce maternal deaths.
He said the pro-abortion drive is spearheaded by the "New World Order" movement which has been promoting its 10-point Charter originally conceived by a one Alice Bailey and now adopted by leading UN member states and supported by international organizations.
The 10 points include removing God from society, destroying family structure, promoting free sex including liberalized abortion, easy divorce, among others.
Minister Sarah Opendi last year in September called for the legalization of abortion "to prevent the deaths of women and girls, who carry out unsafe abortions under the hands of unprofessional people".
A number of other individuals and NGOs including women parliamentarians have for long advocated for abortion to be legalized.
When contacted on this week, the minister explained that the process to legalize abortion was ongoing but denied knowledge of it being a ploy of the West.
"We are not yet there. It is still a process," she stated in a phone interview.
Asked whether she still supported the move, Opendi said: "I am one of the advocates for reducing maternal mortality."
The Constitution and the Penal Code Act outlaw abortion, providing for 14 years of imprisonment for any person who tries to procure an abortion.
But doctors are allowed limited abortions where the life of the mother is in danger.