By Jonathan Browne
Members of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature of Liberia have come under serious criticism for adopting a draft “Abortion on Demand” Law, pending concurrence by the Senate that seeks to make abortion legal in Liberia, contrary to the current state of abortion in the country that is illegal and punishable by law.
The House took the decision recently prior to adjourning on November 1, 2023, to participate in the 14 November 2023 Runoff Presidential Election.
But the International Justice Group (IJG) based in Washington, DC, the United States says the Bill is not good for Liberia and must be abandoned immediately by the Liberian Government.
“We condemn it in its entirety and further condemn the bad governance practice of bribery to influence and corrupt the decision-making process of the National Legislature and the Executive Branch of Government without regard to the public interest of the people of Liberia”, IJG executive director, Cllr. Jerome J. Verdier, notes in a statement released on Monday, November 6th.
According to Cllr. Verdier, the AOD Bill is in fulfillment of the Weah Government’s commitment to legalize and institutionalize the gay and lesbian and transgender agenda when he authorized his Foreign Minister to sign the resolution of the U.S.- Africa Leaders’ Summit which made a commitment to the LGBTQ Lifestyle and Agenda.
He alarms that the law adopted by the House principally intends to provide “sexuality education” to the youths and children of Liberia to indoctrinate them into the gay, homosexuality and lesbian lifestyle, and encourage them to pursue sex change as a right to sex and gender change from man to woman and from woman to man in pursuit of the homosexuality, transgenderism, LGBTQ and same-sex marriage agenda in the country.
The IJG notes that while abortion continues to be a socially immoral and culturally repugnant and religiously reprehensible issue in Liberia, expanding free access to abortion at will without any limitations or restrictions, is not the answer or solution to this societal plague that needs to be redressed.
It says whereas abortion is wrong, immoral, and ungodly, leading to murder, the homosexual lesbian and LGBTQ agenda advocated by the AOD Bill is even worse, very wrong, and destructive to the future survival and prosperity of the nation, as Liberia being a sparsely populated country will decline in population, and loose its cherished culture and values.
“The Senate must reject this AOD Bill as passed by the Honorable Lower House of Representative and pursue an agenda that will promote sex health education and awareness that will promote sex in marriage only and discourages premarital sex and promotes chastity, morality and traditional family values which have been at the bedrock of the Liberian Society”, Cllr. Verdier underscores.
He explains that the antipeople, anti-population and depopulation bill is the product of fraud, corruption, and bribery against the public interest of Liberia and its people, noting that its final contents, now shrouded in secrecy, is said to contain several very draconian, repugnant, immoral, and ungodly provisions which are contrary to Christian and Islamic religious principles and therefore, contrary also, to the moral codes upon which the Liberian Nation was built and first established, esteeming the supremacy of God’s leadership and authority over the Land.
The Abortion On Demand Bill, he adds, is in furtherance to the UN 2030 Depopulation of Africa Agenda, which according to population and demographic experts, will lead to an estimated 40,000 death yearly in Liberia, and that
Sweden, European Countries, and others around the world are spending millions in bribes through their agents in Liberia to bribe members of the Liberian Legislature and President Weah to pass the AOD into law here.
The current abortion law in Liberia makes abortion legally available on certain conditions such as age of the unborn child or fetus; the life of the mother or the child; the circumstances of the pregnancy whether resulting from rape, incest, or other reprehensible acts of immorality or illegality and the approbation or approval of at least two (2) medical doctors.
A local daily reported in Monrovia early this year that a number of countries endorsed a Communique at a Democracy Summit held in Lusaka, Zambia.
However, some countries endorsed but with reservations or disassociation from the text of some of the paragraphs of the Declaration. The 2023 Summit for Democracy was held in Lusaka, Zambia from March 28-29, 2023.
About 76 countries from around the world assembled in Lusaka, Zambia to attend the Summit for Democracy, organized under the auspices of the United States government.
Eight African countries, including host Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Liberia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger and Senegal were present. But of the eight countries from Africa, Zambia, Malawi and Mauritania endorsed the Communique with reservations or dissociation from some text of Count- Eight which talks about ‘Sexual Orientation’ and other rights-related issues.
Liberia was reportedly represented by Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwell Kemayen.
Those African countries that agreed and endorsed all 17 Counts of the Summit for Democracy Communique, include Liberia, Senegal, Niger, Mauritius and Botswana.
But Liberia’s Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie reacting to the publication in Monrovia on April 4, 2023, dismissed the report as untrue and unfounded.
Minister Rennie said discussions held at the Zambia Summit squarely focused on democracy and Liberia’s preparedness to hold free, credible, and inclusive elections.