Activists save 55 girls from abortion

Tuesday June 21 2011

By John Agustine Emojong


At least 55 girls and women from various parts of Eastern and Northern Uganda have been rescued from abortion in the past five months.

The Country Director Human Life International, Father Jonathan Opio, told the Board of Directors in Tororo on June 13, that the rescue was mainly in Tororo, Soroti, Budaka, Arua, Manafwa, Mbale and Kampala.

Fr Opio also said that at least 20 of the girls and women rescued had given birth. “It is interesting to see babies who were almost terminated, looking healthy,” he said. He added that all the children who were born will be baptised during celebrations to mark one year of existence of Human Life International in Uganda, on June 25. “The women and girls will attend the celebrations and share their testimonies,” Fr Opio said.

Cecilia Adeke, 19, a former student of Tororo Girls School, conceived after failing to raise school fees for her university education. She thanked Human Life International who visited her in Amagoro B Parish, Tororo Municipality, where she lives with her aunt Hellen Ademun, a retired nurse.

During the visit, Fr Opio accompanied by two officials, handed her a baby kit. Ms Adeke said after her senior six, she remained home, where the misfortune befell her. “My parents, especially, my father, was not happy with me because of what had happened. I was frustrated, desperate and stressed with only one option: abortion,” she said. “But when Fr Opio and his team met me and began counselling me, I decided to save my baby and give birth,” Adeke narrated.


Human Life International is a US-based organisation spear-heading the fight against abortion and artificial birth control methods.