CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
clear objective of the Maputo Protocol is to force abortion on every
country in Africa.
The promoters of this document should be honest about its aims. If they
say that the purpose of the Maputo Protocol is to fight FGM, then it
should do just that, and not drag other issues like abortion and family
planning into it.
have always treasured life and family. The Maputo Protocol is an unprecedented
assault on developing human life in the womb and the traditional family.
Africa's power lies not in her natural resources, but in the vibrancy
of her young population. Any nation -- indeed, any continent -- that
kills the next generation cannot survive.
Maputo Protocol was inspired by Europeans, not Africans. Perhaps it
is significant that Europe, where most countries have had abortion on
demand for many years, has suffered from a declining population for
the last decade and is now the world’s only “dying”
Africa must not follow the example of suicidal Europe.
- We recommend
that the African nations which have not yet ratified the Maputo
Protocol refuse to ratify this document.
- If preventing
ratification is not possible, States should make formal reservations
to the pro-abortion language in article 14 and anti-family provisions
in other parts of the Protocol.
nations, especially health ministers, should resist anti-life
policy changes coming from the Maputo Plan of Action which calls
for “policies and legal frameworks to reduce the incidence
of unsafe abortion,” training “service providers
in the provision of comprehensive abortion care services where
national law allows,” and implementation of “safe
abortion services to the fullest extent of the law.”