The Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) has called on President Ernest Bai Koroma to review the “Safe Abortion Bill” as they were not in support of it.
The call was made last Thursday at a one day Inter- Faith summit on the proposed bill held at the St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, Syke Street in Freetown.
It would be recalled since this bill was passed by the Sierra Leone Parliament in December last year, the Inter-Religious body was the latest to join other civil society groups to strongly condemn the recent proposed “Safe Abortion Bill” after many civil society groups, organisations and individuals have been debating the controversial bill.
Welcoming participants, the Chairman of the Summit, Bishop J. Archibald Cole said that as religious leaders they had held meetings with the President, adding that “this was why the president has withheld his assent on the bill in order that they could hold a broad base consultation and present their position on the bill.” He said this summit aimed at presenting information that would arouse the conscience of Parliament.
The President of the IRCSL, Sheik Abu Bakar Conteh said Islam condemns abortion citing many Quranic verses to substantiate his argument. He said the Muslim Community is against the “Safe Abortion Act”.
Speaking from a Christian point of view, Bishop Edward Tamba Charles said the highest crime before God is the shedding of blood. The Man of God outlined a number of scriptures in the Holy Bible in which it is stated Thou shall not kill.
The Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Arrow John Bockarie said he was alive today because his parents did not abort him. He said this bill was not initiated by the government but it was a private member motion bill.
Other speakers were the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofana and Gender Activist and Social Development Expert, M’balu Sesay.