Foundation for African Heritage, FACH, has urged the Federal Government to reject abortion as an option for rehabilitating pregnant women rescued by the Nigerian Army from Sambisa forest.
Mrs Chioma Okonkwo, Public Relations Officer of the civil society organisation, made the plea in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.
According to the statement, abortion is an inhuman act that should be totally condemned.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army rescued no fewer than 800 women and children from Sambisa forest in Borno, with some confirmed to be pregnant.
It will be recalled that Prof. Babatunde Osotemehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, while briefing newsmen indicated that 214 of the rescued women were pregnant.
UNFPA and some foreign NGOs have suggested that the rescued pregnant women be sent to abortion clinics to have their babies aborted as activities geared towards rehabilitating the rescued women.
It said that FACH and some non-governmental organisations visited the camp with relief materials and discovered that 43 women were visibly pregnant.
“Contrary to earlier reports by the media – both national and international – that put the number of pregnant women rescued from Sambisa forest at 214, others say the number is 43.
“A group of NGOs – Uduimo Itsueli Foundation, FACH and Fertility Care Centers of Africa have revealed that only 43 women are visibly pregnant as of May 12.
“In the process of organising our relief efforts to the rescued women and children, we set out to determine the true number and categories of victims we would have to cater for.
“Consequently, we liaised with the government officials and agencies in custody of the rescued women and children and they revealed only 43 of them showed visible signs of pregnancy.
“They also refuted the earlier claim which put the number of pregnant women at 214, since pregnancy tests had yet to be carried out on the women.’’
The statement noted that the rescued victims lacked basic necessities of life such as clothing, food, water and shelter.
“One would think that these should be the immediate concern of any philanthropic group instead of focusing on a campaign for abortion while these victims remain in need.
“The victims should be offered a range of safer and morally upright options such as safe refugee and crisis pregnancy centers, pelvic ultrasound to determine the gestational age, i.e. the dates and viability of the pregnancies,’’ it said.
The statement, however, urged other organisations and philanthropists to support the victims with medical and psycho-social counseling, adoption, provision of relief items and foster home care. NAN

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