AGOS, October 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Ministers of health from West African countries are calling for the legalization of abortion. A statement from the Health Ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a group of 15 West African countries, said that member states should make abortion “safe” by legalization. They claim that legal prohibitions on abortion have contributed to high maternal mortality rates.
Using the language common to international population control groups like the United Nations Population Fund, the ECOWAS ministers proposed a special summit of heads of state to discuss “maternal, newborn and child health issues.”
The recently concluded Synod of African Bishops held in Rome through most of October, warned repeatedly that the pressure is increasing for African countries to legalize abortion.