The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela the civil rights leader and former President of South Africa. It is fitting that we should respect and applaud his untiring struggle for civil rights and for his leadership in bringing about reconciliation in South Africa.
In paying tribute to his many achievements as President between 1994 to 1999 we must not forget that he did not uphold the sanctity of life of children in the womb. The sanctity of human life and the dignity of the family are the foundation and guarantee of all other human rights. It is not possible to be a human rights crusader if one fails to uphold the human rights of the unborn.
Children in the womb are the weakest and most defenceless members of the human family, they deserve respect and effective legal protection. Under the Apartheid government abortion was prohibited except on very serious grounds.
Nelson Mandela was instrumental in unleashing through his vigorous support in 1996, violence against the nation’s women and unborn by signing into law the highly controversial Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill. This Bill permits abortion on demand. At the time of its passing it was considered to be the most pro abortion in the world.
The legislation was widely opposed by both the black and white communities. The Bill was passed in October 1996, by 209 to 87, with 99 Members of Parliament defying the ANC by absenting themselves from Parliament, to avoid having to vote for the Bill. Since the legislation was passed more than one million babies have been destroyed in the womb, the vast majority being black babies.
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The reputation of Nelson Mandela will be forever tarnished, by his failure to protect the right to life of the nation’s children, especially black children during their first nine months of life in their mother’s womb. May future black leaders in South Africa, halt the war against women and their unborn by repealing this legislation. May Nelson Mandela rest in peace.
LifeNews.com Note: Ken Orr is the spokesman for Right to Life of New Zealand.