The Parliamentary Forum on Ethics and Integrity has urged aspiring candidates to join the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), to uphold moral and cultural values while processing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Bill, 2017 which was before the EALA.
The Forum took into account that the bill, which has been proposed and passed twice in the Assembly, offended Uganda’s cultural and moral values and called on subsequent EALA legislators to oppose it.
“After all the failed attempts they decided to cover it up with some popular provisions, but when you judge it you will find abortion, homosexuality and this is not our values, this is not our culture, we said we have to fight back,” Hon said. . James Nsaba Buturo, chair of the forum.
Nsaba Buturo speaks during a meeting between the forum and EALA nominees on Thursday, 04 August 2022 at the Parliament House.
He said bills that had been rejected at the regional level and within the national government should not be re-designed as proposed.
The bill was introduced at EALA in 2017 but withdrawn in 2021 following contestations registered during public hearings in member states of the East African Community (EAC).
However, the Assembly recently instructed the General Purposes Committee chaired by the Ugandan legislator, Hon. Denis Namara, to rewrite the bill.
Gulu City Women’s MP Betty Aol Ocan said she did not agree with the justification of a bill to legalize abortion which calls for incoming EALA legislators to oppose it.
“The argument is that our women are dying of abortions – they are proposing that abortion be legalized so that it is done properly. I said no. It’s like saying let’s legalize murder,” Ocan said.
A prolife expert, Pastor Pastor Jonathan Opio, said there were some unacceptable provisions in Uganda, highlighting universal access to contraception for children without their parents’ consent as key.
“Contraception for everyone in the life cycle is very clear in the bill. If children from 10 years old can now officially access contraception without parental intervention, are we still protecting children’s innocence?” asked Opi.
He added: “We have done an analysis on each clause of the bill and the target of the bill is the promotion of abortion and contraception for everyone in the life cycle.”
Ngora district’s former female MP, Jaqueline Amongin, who also aspires to join EALA, revealed that after voting, she would take a vigorous fight against a bill she said was meant to legalize a practice that had not been accepted locally.
“I will be consistent with what the laws of my country say. What is my culture about homosexuality? Regarding abortion, what does the law say about termination of life,” asked Amongin.
He noted that his previous experience in the Pan-African Parliament, of which he was a member, was that often people used sexual and reproductive health to cover up provisions that would otherwise be denied.
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East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) contestants urged to challenge Reproductive Health Bill
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