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African activists call on US Govt to not target continent with abortion funding

“Anytime that Africans are asked, the answer is always unanimous: we do not want abortion”.

Filmmaker and social activist Obianuju Ekeocha along with many people from across Africa, have made a public plea to the Biden Administration to not fund abortion in Africa.

Last month, President Joe Biden revoked the Mexico City Policy that ensured that federal funding was not spent on abortions outside the United States. This will likely result in a large increase in funds being made available to global abortion providers that target developing countries, including MSI Reproductive Choices, International Planned Parenthood Foundation and DKT International.

Ekeocha says that international abortion organisations will now be able to work in Africa with the backing of the US “to then go into the developing world, the world of the poor essentially, to promote, to propagate and to provide abortions. This means the elimination of my people. This means the death and killing of the most innocent of the African unborn babies”.

‘In my culture, we support life from the beginning to the end’

In response to this move, Obianuju Ekeocha from Culture of Life Africa has released a video in which she asks Africans from across the continent what they think of Biden’s plan to fund abortions in Africa.

A student, Ellen said: “In my culture, we support life from the beginning to the end. I’m against abortion because abortion is about killing innocent babies in the womb of their mothers. And I’m also against funding of abortion in Africa by any foreign country. So please stop funding abortion”.

Khanani Daniella, a Ugandan lawyer, explained that she does not want abortion in Africa “the African problem cannot be solved by giving money to remove children”.

Other participants focused on what they consider to be the skewed ideological priorities of a foreign Government that would promote abortion in Africa when there are so many other basic needs which need to be addressed.

A student named Antoinnette said: “I cannot understand why other foreign countries are in support of funding abortion in Africa. When in Africa here, there are a lot of developments that need to be done and they are not done. So I am not in support of funding abortion in Africa”.

A teacher made a similar point saying: “We Africans don’t need funds for abortion, but funds to help the needy, the poor, the weak, the sick and the homeless”.

‘Will Joe Biden just be the neo-colonial master like many other Western leaders?’

Family Counselor, Aicha, echoed the sentiment saying: “We need drinkable water, we need education, we need good governance. Abortion is not an African problem… We beg you not to fund abortion-related programs in Africa. We have real problems in Africa and it is not abortion”.

Stella Maris, Beauty Entrepreneur, focused on the same theme: “Five things Nigeria needs more than abortions: Poverty alleviation, employment, education, electricity and better infrastructure. Please help us, don’t kill us”.

The above is a small sample taken from the video which gives the testimony of many Africans and why they oppose the imposition of abortion on the continent. As Ekeocha points out, the message is clear: “Africans do not want abortion”.

Ekeocha ends her video with a direct challenge to the Biden Administration.

“The question now is this: will President Joe Biden listen to us? Will he recognise the voice of the African people? Will he respect the cries of the heart of the ordinary African person? Or will he just be the neo-colonial master like many other Western leaders? Will he be the one to come in to force his own ideas and ideologies in the world of the poor?”

Neo-colonialism

Ekeocha has previously accused Western nations of ‘neo-colonialism’ due to their efforts to impose abortion on Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many African nations are in desperate need of ventilators, the UK Government gave an extra £10 million to the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) targeted at developing nations, including a number of African countries, which includes spending on abortion.

The UN has provided additional funding to a number of African nations this year in the form of ‘Covid Relief Funds’. However, Ekeocha has claimed that this funding is coming “with conditions and clauses that either directly or indirectly open the door to the international abortion organisations, as Western donors are demanding… more access to sexual and reproductive health and rights [abortion]”.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Obianuju Ekeocha’s accusation of neo-colonialism through the promotion of a foreign abortion ideology onto Africa is true. The testimony which Ekeocha has gathered shows the concerns of people actually living in Africa, rather than of those in the White House”.

“The culture in Africa is far more pro-life than the West, with polls in Kenya showing 85% of people are firmly opposed to abortion. Local campaigners in other African countries have also revealed that the majority of citizens are opposed to abortions within their own countries too”.

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Dear reader

In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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