Religious Leaders Call on U.S. to Support Abortions for ISIS and Boko Haram Rape Victims
ICC Note: Religious leaders from the U.S. are calling for U.S. aid for ISIS and Boko Haram rape victims that include abortions. These leaders oppose the Helms Amendment, which bans US foreign aid that includes access to abortion. Countless victims, many of whom are Christian, have been raped by ISIS and Boko Haram. Now, some in the U.S. are calling for the support of abortions to “aid” in the plight of these victims. Although conceived through the evils perpetrated by wicked terrorist organizations, pressuring these victims into having abortions is not the solution, murdering children only adds to the horror, trauma, and death toll.
By Lucinda Brockett-Jones
6/5/15, Washington D.C. (Christian Today) – A group of religious leaders and health experts yesterday called on President Obama to provide access to funding so that women who have been raped by terrorists abroad can have abortions.
Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders met at St John’s Episcopal Church, just opposite the White House, to raise awareness of the need to provide post-rape care, including abortions, for the victims of groups such as ISIS in Syria and Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria.
“Women are dying now. Families are being pushed further into poverty now because this care is not available to them,” said Rev Harry Knox, president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice which co-hosted yesterday’s summit with the Centre for Health and Gender Equity.
There have been numerous accounts in recent months detailing the use of rape as a weapon of war around the world and reports from May suggest that more than 200 women who have been rescued from Boko Haram are now pregnant resulting from rape.
“That simply destroys a community,” Knox told Christian Today. “That means that there will be a couple of hundred children who almost literally belong to no one in that community. That incredible act of violence has to be met with some response, it needs a compassionate response.”
The political argument in the US centres on the Helms amendment, which was introduced in 1973, and specifies that foreign aid cannot be used “to pay for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions”.