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Published: April 9, 2012 5:21 pm to International News

Is Rwanda on the brink of another genocide?

Rwanda--Photo credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT) on Flickr

Eighteen years ago, the bloody horror of the Rwandan genocide broke out, resulting in the slaying of over eight hundred thousand Rwandans. Rwanda still recovers from the bloodbath – but now, some want to renew the massacre.

Recently, Rwandan NGO Health Development Initiative, in cooperation with the Rwanda Association for Family Welfare (ARBEF) – an affiliate of International Planned Parenthood, interestingly enough – has launched a campaign to decriminalize abortion. Project Coordinator Chantal Umuhoza sums up the campaign’s goal:

The law on abortion has been revised but there are still a few issues that need to be sorted to create a favorable environment for young people to have access to safe abortions. Safe abortion shouldn’t only be limited to victims of rape and incest. There are so many situations that lead to unwanted pregnancies, we are calling for the possibility of safe abortion.

Dr. Eugen Rwabuneza, President of Integrated Family Care Organization, claims:

We should encourage abstinence, but if it fails, then there are preventive measures such as use of condoms and contraceptives. However, we shouldn’t watch as girls die due to unsafe abortions. Decriminalizing abortion will save lives.

Sounds nice, right? Like “Family Reproductive Health” and “Preferred Women’s Health.” Think about what Rwabuneza is saying. Basically:

If people don’t control themselves and thus give way to licentiousness, they can use a pill to solve their problems. But if the pill doesn’t work, then they can legally get a “safe” abortion. This will save the lives of the mothers.

Will decriminalizing abortion really save lives?

“Pregnant Pause” states that “even a casual look at the numbers shows that the same statistics [pro-abortion advocates] use to prove that abortion is safe today, also prove that it was just about as safe before legalization.”

Women who have had an abortion are 488% more likely to commit suicide.

In a study conducted by Dr. Amelia Laing of Howard University, women of African-American heritage who had procured at least one abortion have drastically increased risks of breast cancer. Before the age of 40, it’s a 50% increase; between 41 and 49, the risk rises to 180%. After 50, the risk has risen to 370% (Laing et al. (1993) J Natl Med Assoc 85:931-9).

Abortion can only endanger the life of a mother–it does not protect her life. Not to mention the inevitable fact that for each abortion performed, a child dies. Far from saving lives, legalized abortion in Rwanda will only encourage women to abort. “Safe sex” and “easy solutions” will result in more unexpected pregnancies and more deaths.

The 1994 genocide wiped out 20% of Rwanda’s population, devastating the country. Abortion currently claims the lives of around 25% of American children. If abortion is legalized and becomes widespread in Rwanda, the genocide will return with vindictive fury.

  • MoonChild02

    Where are the visionaries of Kibeho? Where are Alphonsine Mumureke and Nathalie Mukamazimpaka? Surely our Blessed Mother told them to speak out against all crimes against humanity, including abortion.

    Why oh why, especially with the horrors that Rwanda has already seen, do they have to endure this virulent plague of genocide? God our Father and Mama Mary protect them, please!

    Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Word,
    Mother of all those who believe in Him,
    and who welcome Him into their life,
    we are here before you to contemplate You.
    We believe that you are among us,
    like a mother in the midst of her children,
    even though we do not see You with our bodily eyes.

    We bless you, The Sure Way that leads us to Jesus the Savior,
    for all the favors which You endlessly pour out upon us,
    especially, that, in your meekness, You were gracious
    enough to appear miraculously in Kibeho, just when our
    world needed it most.

    Grant us always the light and the strength necessary to
    accept, with all seriousness, Your call to us to be converted,
    to repent, and to live according to your Son’s Gospel.
    Teach us how to pray with sincerity, and to love one
    another as He loved us, so that, just as You have requested,
    we may always be beautiful flowers diffusing their pleasant
    fragrance everywhere and upon everyone.

    Holy Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows,
    teach us to undestand the value of the cross in our lives,
    so that whatever is still lacking to the sufferings of Christ
    we may fill up in our own bodies for His mystical Body,
    which is the Church.

    And when our pilgrimage on this earth comes to an end,
    may we live eternally with You in the kingdom of Heaven. Amen.