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The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) General Assembly has reaffirmed its position against legalisation of abortion arguing taking life intentionally is illegal, cruel and evil and mostly a sin.

The church says Parliamentarians should not legalise abortion, adding by doing so the country will be cursed.

The stand of five synods of Nkhoma, Blantyre, Livingstonia, Harare and Zambia comes at a time when the current sitting of parliament order paper shows that the Abortion bill will be tabled.

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Speaking to the journalists after holding its first meeting since CCAP General Assembly ushered new leaders, Moderator for the Assembly Reverend Bizwick Nkhoma said it is sad that the country is busy making laws to terminate the lives of unborn babies than working on the problem behind the cases.

Nkhoma said if Members of Parliament will pass the abortion bill, the church will instruct all hospitals under the church are not part of the law.

“The CCAP General Assembly believes that life begins at conception. Psalms 139:13-16 says ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… your eyes saw my unformed body’.

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“We are repeating that we say no to abortion. This is evil, and it is a sin. We continue to legalise it, we are going to curse the country,” Nkhoma said.

Livingstonia synod General Secretary Reverend Levi Nyondo said Christians, including the Members of Parliament will be disciplined if found aborting a baby.

Nyondo said the decision that has been made by the CCAP General Assembly is final and that all church ministers must follow.

Blantyre Synod General Secretary Reverend Billy Gama said the church encouraged President Lazarus Chakwera not to sign the bill if MPs decide to pass the law.

“We are happy that our president has a background of the church. He knows the Bible and spiritual interpretation on the matter. Therefore, we will tell him not to sign the bill,” Gama said.

Abortion is only legal in Malawi when it is done to save the life of a woman.

However, obtaining an abortion for other reasons is punishable to serve a 7-14 years jail term.

But other stakeholders that are advocating for the legalisation of abortion like Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion, say many women and girls are dying because of conducting an unsafe abortion.

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