The Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha and the Catholic Medical Practitioners association are at daggers-drawn over the abortion bill the Governor recently signed into Law.
Sponsored by the majority leader and member representing Ahiazu Mbaise state constituency, Mrs Adaku Ihuoma, the law is to be cited as “Imo State of Nigeria, violence against persons (prohibition) Law Number 12 of 2012.
According to the new law, every woman shall have the right to enjoy reproductive rights, including rights to medical abortion in cases of intimate assault, molestation, inbreeding and where continued pregnancy endangers the life or the physical, mental, psychological or emotional health of the mother.
Gov. Okorocha also approved that “every woman shall have the right to take decisions about her health needs and requirements.”
Chairman, Catholic Medical Practitioners Association, Dr Philip Njemanze, has reacted angrily to the law, arguing that the law is anti-Christ, dehumanizing and totally unacceptable to the association and Imo people.
Meanwhile the Governor has rendered an apology to Imolites for signing the Law and ordered a review of the Law.
The people of Imo State and many religious bodies believe the law can encourage human embryo trafficking.