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 fetus, 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 6 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 recognizably human. Abortion is pure murder” he said.
Dr. Mbelede laying emphasis on the evils of abortion reechoed 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 anesthesia related complications.
He also frowned on 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.