Avoid abortion, shun contraceptives – Priest warns youths

The Associate Priest of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Oke Afa Isolo, Rev. Fr. Moses Ojobo, on Saturday warned youths to avoid abortion and desist from the use of contraceptives.

Ajiobo, a Resource Person, at the one-day Prolife Youth Seminar, organised by the Region 4 of the Knights of St Mulumba, Lagos Metropolitan Council, said that abortion and the use of contraceptives were anti – life.

Newsmen reports that the event to conscientise youths on the dangers of abortion and drug abuse and ways to avoid them was held at the Saint Peter Church, Ejigbo, Lagos.

The theme of the event was “Prolife Walk for Life Rally, “Every Woman for Every Child”

The event, drew students participants from Clemmy High School, Agodo Egbe, Sorek High School, Ikotun, Excel College, Ejibo and Saint Vincent Catholic School, Shasha.

Speaking at the programme, Ojobo asked the girls not to go into relationships that could pre-dispose them to sexual abuse in order to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

According to him, it is in a conscious or unconscious relationship that conception that leads to pregnancy takes place.

“The church and society do not approve of abortion therefore avoid it.

“Desist from the use of contracptive for it is an act of wickness and carries same weight of sanction as abortion.

“The church judges by intention. The aim of using contraceptive is to terminate life. Such should not be associated with you, hence you should not indulge in acts that leads to to taking pills.

“For the fact that the society and environment may lure one into vices and immorality that should not be an excuse for falling victim of abortion and killing of life.

“As soon as conception takes place, life begins and should be preserved and nurtured to maturity and not to be killed.

“Life is a special gift that deserves protection, mans specimen is life as soon as it is joined with the female egg a foetus is formed and there is life.l; no matter the circumstances or the people or relationship through which the life comes should not be terminated,” he said.

The priest, regretted the spate of unwanted pregnancies among school girls and advised the girls to be weary of situation that could make them victims.

He said that drug abuse has been an alarming thing in the society, adding that the youths should decide early in life what they wanted.

He said that such decision, if religiously followed, would aid youths to avoid indulgence in drug abuse.

Also speaking at the event, the Region 4 Coordinator, Sir Odinaka Iwu, said that the programme was part of the body’s drive to keep youths informed and on track.

Iwu, described drug abuse and addiction as the continual intake of a harmful substance by a person without recourse to it’s bad effect.

He called on parents to be friendly in their disposition toward the children in order for the younger ones to confine in them.

He blamed parents that frighten teenage ones at the slightest misconduct, adding such behaviors make the children to seek help outside.

Newsmen reports that the programme afforded girls to ask questions concerning reproduction, rape, peer pressure, the rights of the girl child on sex and social consequences of under age pregnancy.

Region 4 of the Knights of St Mulumba comparised parishes in Ejigbo, Akowonjo, Isheri-Idimu and Ikotun.

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