KAMPALA, The newly established Forum on Ethics and Integrity of the Ugandan Parliament has opposed the East African Reproductive Health Rights Bill 2017 which has been tabled before the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), describing it as "disastrous and evil".

The Bill, which seeks, among other objectives, to legalize abortion and give contraceptives to children and teenagers aged 10 to 19 years, is sponsored by a Burundian legislator, and has reached the committee stage at EALA. It is among the pending businesses to be dealt with by EALA.

Members of Parliament sitting on the Parliamentary Forum on Ethics and Integrity, including Bufumbira East MP Dr. James Nsaba Buturo, Buhweju County MP Francis Mwijukye, Manjiya County MP John Baptist Nambeshe and Aringa County MP Ashraf Olega, cautioned the EALA MPs against the Bill which they say violates the right to life of unborn babies.

"I am absolutely opposed to this Bill. I made an oath to protect the Constitution which guarantees the right to life, including the right of the voiceless unborn babies," said Nambeshe, who added, "Abortion is an evil that must be fought by all of us. Initially I was not supporting (United States President Donald) Trump but when I learned that he was against abortion and homosexuality, I supported him."

Nambeshe who is known in Parliament to be a man of tough statements, advised the International Criminal Court (ICC) to add abortion to its list of crimes against humanity.

"Obviously as a Catholic I am against the Bill; even as an activist for justice. Our motto is For God and My country. Abortion is not of God. Whoever supports abortion is disobedient to God," Mwijukye said.

"I'm a Muslim and the Quran definitely states that terminating the life of a human being is the worst thing and whoever does it will go to hell. All Members of Parliament who are God-fearing should oppose the law," Olega said.



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