Residents march for ‘life’

2016-10-13 06:00
Residents raise awareness on illegal abortion. Photo: supplied

Residents raise awareness on illegal abortion. Photo: supplied

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SCORES of community members took to the streets in the vicinity of Gateway Mall in Umhlanga to raise awareness about illegal abortions recently.

More than 2 000 residents from Verulam­, Phoenix and surrounding areas­ took part in the march organised by the National Alliance for Life (NAL).

Organiser of the march Pastor Aaron Munsamy told the Weekly that a woman­, whose mother almost aborted her, shared a story with the residents at the march.

“Catherine Meek shared how her mother was warned by a gynaecologist that her pregnancy would result in a severely­ deformed child because they were certain that she [mother] had a congenital defect of the spine [spina bifida­] and advised her to abort the baby­. Specialists warned Catherine’s mother that the complications of her pregnancy would also [have financial implications], nevertheless, she chose life.

“When Catherine was born, the delivery room was filled with doctors and there was total silence. Her mother asked what was wrong and a doctor said nothing, your baby is perfect. Today Catherine is assisting HIV positive women in Gauteng,” he said.

Munsamy said that other women who attended the march shared their stories on how they almost aborted their babies.

Among the people who attended the march were children, youth, church leaders and senior citizens.

Munsamy added: “The intention of a march was to try to get rid of passivity in society and it is open to people from various organisations as well as individuals and churches who demand the right of unborn humans to full protection of the law.

“NAL provides a forum for all interested parties to come together and combine their efforts in order to raise awareness. The march for life has been taking place for a number of years and each year sees more interest from organisations and the media.

“It will always be the weakest and most vulnerable in society who are taken advantage of and that is also true for an unborn baby.

“Just because they cannot stand up and speak for themselves does not mean we have the right to decide if they live or die.”

KZN MEC for Health Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo in his recent campaigns held in Durban between March and April, urged women to refrain from resorting to abortion as an option when they encounter problems.

Dhlomo and officials from the department removed stickers placed on the walls with the messages encouraging women to abort their babies.

More than 2 000
residents from
Verulam­, Phoenix and surrounding areas­ took part in the march
organised by the
National Alliance for Life

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