Womb ‘most sacred place’


SOME women who did not go to school turn to abortion because they think it is the fastest way to end pregnancy, a student says.
Grade nine student Francisca Gau of the La Salle Technical College in Port Moresby made the comment during a chat room show last week.
She said those women failed to realise that their womb, meant to conceive life, “is the most sacred place in the world”.
“It is the birthplace of the son of man,” she said.
“To commit such an atrocity would be to deny a life blessed with purpose from God.”
Gau and six fellow students were part of the chat room show to discuss the importance of protecting and preserving human life.
Student Isabella Wangoro explained how practices of abortion and experiences of unwanted pregnancies could be avoided, saying proper parenting techniques, advice and support to young people were important.
“Parents and elders have to take time to sit with their children and talk openly about these issues,” she said.
“This is all part of teaching young people to be disciplined in making the right choices that are sensible and responsible.
“Sex is not a game, and they need to know how to abstain from sex at an early age to avoid any consequences.”
Grade nine student Mcril Rilipu spoke about the laws which defined abortion as the criminal act of murder.
“Under Sections 228, 229 and 284 of the Criminal Code Act, abortion is a crime,” he said.
“The fact that PNG is a Christian country means that we should never kill, especially an unborn baby, because it too still deserves love and protection.”
Grade nine student Mary Ora defined abortion as the practice of harming a living human fetus with the intent of causing death and said this was mainly due to unwanted pregnancies.
Grade 10 student Amos Warupi said girls committed abortion because they feared dropping out from school and being resented by peers and families.