27 APRIL 2009 APIA (Pacnews) ---- The National Council of Churches in Samoa says abortion is not the answer to the problem of unwanted pregnancies, reports Radio New Zealand International.
The comment, from the chairman, Reverend Oka Fau’olo, follows a call for the legalisation of abortion.
A retired doctor in Samoa, Papali’i Dr Viopapa Annandale, says resistance from church organisations to a legislative change is overwhelming.
She said there are many cases of women who become pregnant as result of being raped or sexually abused and she cannot understand why Samoa, as a Christian country, cannot take a more humanistic approach to the issue.
But the Reverend Fau’olo said abortion is taking a life and cannot be condoned.
“In a case of those who were raped I think there are other ways God can provide to look after the unwanted, if you can use that word, it’s not a nice word to use, but God can raise some loving hand and loving heart to look after the unwanted baby if it’s the result of a rape case but rather than just taking it away, I’m not for it.”
Reverend Oka Fau’olo said church members across Samoa share his view that should abortion be legalised, people would simply use it as a chance to make money.
Meanwhile, a Samoan woman who abandoned her baby after giving birth on an Auckland-bound plane has been deported but her child remains in New Zealand, according to Xinhua.
An Immigration Department spokeswoman said that Karolina Maika,29, left for Apia last Saturday without her daughter Grace
She would not give further details, citing reasons of privacy.
A Child, Youth and Family spokeswoman said Grace would remain in Wellington, where she was being cared for by extended family.
Maika, 29, pleaded guilty in court earlier this month to abandoning a child, while police withdrew a charge that she assaulted the new born.
Maika was charged six days after cleaners found the baby in a toilet rubbish bin on a Pacific Blue flight from Apia to Auckland on March 19.
Maika was on her way to New Zealand to work as a kiwifruit picker when her daughter was born. She also has a son living in Samoa.
The court was told that Maika was ashamed she had conceived a child out of wedlock and had concealed her pregnancy from her family and the small Samoan village where she lived with her son.
She had planned to give birth while working in New Zealand as a seasonal fruit picker and leave the baby with her brother but went into labour while on the Pacific Blue flight from Apia to Auckland.
She was convicted but no further punishment was imposed…..PNS (ENDS)