'Biological colonialism' in Africa's future?

WASHINGTON (BP)--African women may become the victims of "biological colonialism" if the legislative wishes of some organizations are granted, the archbishop of Johannesburg has warned.

"Biological colonialism is on our doorstep," Archbishop Buti Joseph Tihagale said at the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference, according to Zenit news service.

Tihagale pointed to the efforts of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the African Union's Maputo Protocol to persuade African countries to legalize abortion and in vitro fertilization.

"Such legislation will make it possible to poach ovarian human eggs from African women," the bishop said Jan. 22, Zenit reported. "Harvesting ovarian human eggs in Africa will help meet the needs of embryonic stem cell research in industrialized countries."

Zenit is an international news agency that reports on news from a Roman Catholic perspective.


Compiled by Baptist Press Washington bureau chief Tom Strode.

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