17 Sep 2008

Samoa Prime Minister makes clear his opposition to abortion

3:58 pm on 17 September 2008

The Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has declared that he's opposed to abortion.

He says the health of the pregnant woman or the humiliation of a family cannot override a baby's right to life.

The Prime Minister made the statement in a letter to the Minister of the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, which was copied to all other cabinet ministers and the heads of government departments.

Tuilaepa says aborting a baby in a country whose Government is founded on Christian beliefs is inappropriate.

He says the majority believe abortion is a serious offence - it is murder.

At present abortion is legal in Samoa if pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.