This morning, an African woman and pro-life activist destroyed a BBC anchor’s claims that African women “need” abortion and contraception in order to get out of poverty.
She said Western governments are “spitting in the face” of African democracy by trying to impose legal abortion against the wishes of most of the people in such countries.
Obianuju Ekeocha, the founder of Culture of Life Africa, a U.K.-based pro-life group, said wealthy nations pumping money into the promotion and funding of abortions in Africa were behaving like “old colonial masters”.
“None of these countries has asked for this ‘aid’ money,” she told CNS.
“In all my work with African countries, I don’t know of any which is screaming, ‘Come and help us, we have this abortion crisis,’” said Ekeocha, a Catholic who has dual citizenship in Britain and Nigeria. “But a lot of Western countries, in this spirit of cultural supremacy, are still trying to impose abortion in this way.”
As the BBC World News host claimed there’s a “basic human right” to contraception, pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha retorted that African women are not asking for contraception.
In fact, contraception is a “Western solution” to African poverty, she said, adding that Westerners “better be careful” with such “colonial talk.”
“Why don’t you listen to the people first?” she asked. “In all this talk about contraception, the one thing that I have never heard of in all my time trying to track all these things is something like the side effects of contraception. No one ever tells the African women, when they come to promote contraception across the different African countries.”
Ekeocha said she recently consoled African women who had IUDs inserted into them without being warned about the side effects.
“These women were crying,” she said. “No one ever told them” about the terrible side effects of contraceptives. “But someone from a Western organization…came and put IUDs into them and told them, ‘this is what you need to come out of poverty.'”
Education rather than contraception is what African women need, Ekeocha said.
Ekeocha spoke as the British government co-hosted an international Family Planning Summit in London with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.N. Population Fund.
The U.K. Department for International Development said the July 11 summit aimed to boost global commitment to “ensuring women and girls have access to family planning services.”
Priti Patel, the U.K. secretary of state for international development, announced July 11 that Britain would increase spending on overseas family planning services, including “safe abortions,” by $1.4 billion in the next five years.
Melinda Gates told the summit that birth control empowered women, and she was “deeply troubled” by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw funding for family planning overseas.
Canada has increased spending to $650 million in an attempt to partially offset the annual loss of $600 million of U.S. funding.
But Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was criticised by the Canadian bishops for equating women’s rights with a right to abortion and claiming these rights “are at the core of Canadian foreign policy.”
Ekeocha told CNS that since Trump withdrew U.S. funding, Canada was now at the forefront of exporting abortions overseas.
“Canada has taken that position as the No. 1 cultural colonial master in the world,” she said.
“They need to go back to the integral care of the person, where they were thinking of the Africans not as people who they can colonise culturally and impose their new views and values on them, but as a people who have their own views and values,” she said. “What Africans want more than anything is for women to give birth safely … in a lot of these countries they can’t even get the most basic health care.”
Source: CatholicHerald – LifeSiteNews