Concerns Raised Over Abortion Activist Group Serving Women Raped by Boko Haram

BabyABUJA, Nigeria — Concerns are being raised over a known abortion activist group that is present in Nigeria to offer services to the over 200 women and girls that were recently found to be pregnant after being rescued from the Islamic terror group Boko Haram.

As previously reported, last month, the Nigerian army rescued nearly 700 captured women and children that were found in the Sambisa Forest and near Chalawa Village in Adamawa State. When the women were brought in for medical examinations, it was discovered that over 200 of them were pregnant. While some had already become pregnant by their husbands before their captivity, many others had acknowledged that they had been raped by their captors.

“[T]hey turned me into a sex machine. They took turns to sleep with me. Now, I am pregnant and I cannot identify the father,” Asabe Aliyu, a 23-year-old mother of four, told the Nigerian newspaper the Daily Times.

“Boko Haram insurgents deliberately raped women with the intention of getting them pregnant so they would give birth to future insurgents as successors of their violent struggles, hence the need for a special program to break the chain anticipated by the insurgents,” Isa Gusau, spokesperson for Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, also explained.

“The sect leaders make very conscious efforts to impregnate the women; some of them, I am told, even pray before mating, offering supplications for [Allah] to make the products of what they are about doing become children that will inherit their ideology,” he said.

But concerns are also being raised over the presence of pro-abortion groups in the country, which may be seeking to push abortion for those who have been raped. According to reports, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is among those offering counseling to the women, as well as sending “reproductive health kits” to displacement camps in the nation.

“UNFPA is one of the leading international groups promoting abortion in the developing world,” explained the UK-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in a statement this week. “SPUC fears that these emotionally vulnerable, malnourished women will be pressured into aborting their babies.”

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The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Health and Gender Equality (CHANGE) told Cosmopolitan that it believes the U.S. and UNFPA should be offering abortions to the women.

“There’s enough international work and policy that has gone into addressing the exact issue we are faced with right now that it should be a no-brainer for international donors like the U.S. government, like UNFPA, to be going into Nigeria and helping these girls access safe abortions—for the ones who want and choose that,” President Serra Sippel.

But SPUC spokesperson Antonia Tully said that aborting the children would only add to the trauma that the women have already faced.

“It is extremely worrying that some of these women may undergo abortions, which could cause them further physical and emotional trauma in their already weakened state,” she said. “The deaths of their unborn babies would add to the toll of lives lost in this tragic situation.”

An anonymous staff member at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) also told reporters that it would be dangerous to perform abortions on many of the women and girls.

“The situation is evidently dicey. … You cannot terminate advanced pregnancies because in some instances, you will end up killing both baby and mother,” he said.

The Nigerian government is considering how to offer the best care for both the women and their unborn babies, and admits fears that some women may abandon the children simply because their fathers were rapists.

“My major concern is how we, as stakeholders from the federal and state governments, will manage women that might be affected,” Gasau said. “I am seriously worried at the fact that most women tend to hate and abandon children they deliver from rape. Now, the problem is that these children could go to the streets unattended to; they then lack access to food, healthcare and education.”

Gasau referred to the children as being innocent in the tragedy, and spoke of Nigeria’s goal to raise the children to be “future leaders,” suggesting that the government desires to help care for the babies rather than kill them.

“[T]he federal government will have to work with state governments whose citizens are affected, so that we get the involvement of medical and psychosocial specialists as well as child welfare experts so that we deal with the situation by properly, documenting these kids without getting them stigmatized, monitoring and working towards raising these kids to become educated future leaders without the slightest ideologies of their fathers in order for us to cut the cycle being envisaged,” he said.

“We must show love to these innocent children; we should support the innocent mothers. This is equally in our enlightened self-interest,” Gasau stated.

There are approximately 760,000 abortions in Nigeria each year.

Photo: CCTV Africa


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  • Bobby Mae

    Because in a poor country with average birthrate of 6 births per woman, being forced to have another child they didn’t want and can’t afford is obviously the best option.

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      While it makes things a bit more difficult, it is a burden that is often shared by the extended family. Suffering doesn’t end the world or make life less meaningful. Suffering also calls on those living in relative comfort to share. Being forced is called rape and that is what should be punished, not the innocent victims. No one said it would be easy.

  • hildebeastC

    I would support forcing raped women to carry their babies if the men get the death penalty for raping and impregnating them. Because that is a LOT to ask of any woman.

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      I’m sure you’ve never realized it but that’s why there is punishment for rape! It is the attempt by a man to force a woman to carry his progeny without her consent. Did you think punishment was for pecking her on the cheek!

      It happens too often that the punishment for rape has been the murder of the baby.

  • Deina

    …most women tend to hate and abandon children they deliver from rape. Now, the problem is that these children could go to the streets unattended to; they then lack access to food, healthcare and education.

    And if the children are abandoned & grow up on the street, there is a massive chance that they will turn to a cult like Boko Haram, thus bringing about the ends that the terrorists intended.

    • The Last Trump

      Yeah, better to just kill ’em. Just in case. Right?
      Man, you liberals are sick. Get help.

      • Bobby Mae

        Easy for you to say living in america with a low average birthrate.. Aka you can afford to have kids. Where you’re not getting raped by Islamic terrorists who want to these kids to join their terrorist groups. Yeah easy for an american conservative to say these poor women must have these kids on top of their AVERAGE 6 other children. I’m sure youre the type that loves how many kids Hispanic families in the states are having, right? Lol

      • Deina

        That is a decision the woman carrying the ZEF must make, preferably with the help of her doctor, though they don’t have the luxury of medical care that we enjoy here.

        What they do not need is people 10,000 miles away, who know absolutely nothing about them, their culture and their living conditions; telling them what they should & shouldn’t do.

        • The Last Trump

          Agreed. The UN should keep their meddling pro abortion groups out of their affairs.
          And no one needs to know anything about any culture anywhere to understand that ALL life is precious and deserving of a fighting chance. People of character and virtue fight to defend those incapable of defending themselves. And liberals kill. Go figure.

          • weasel1886

            I’m sure you would agree to raise taxes in order to protect all woman and babies in the world.
            Sir you have no idea what character and virtue are

          • The Last Trump

            Well how bout that!
            A guy calling himself “weasel” attempting to school me on character and virtue!
            While fighting for sexual deviancy and the slaughter of the innocent!
            ?
            Hee, hee! This troll invested site is priceless!
            Shouldn’t be too much longer now until these liberal cancers, I mean, “defenders of human rights” (!?) push through legislation to euthanize the disabled, the elderly and, of course, fundamentalist Christians.

          • Bobby Mae

            I’m all for physician assisted suicide.

          • Deina

            Are you going to move to Kenya so you can raise & care for the children these young women abandon after you force them to give birth? It’s not likely that many of them will be able to find husbands while they have someone else’s child, even though it wasn’t their fault. No matter, I’m sure your pockets are deep enough to smooth over those minor little rough spots!

      • weasel1886

        Why don’t Christian groups provide services to the people there. To busy hating children and gay people ?

        • The Last Trump

          !!
          Try too busy running for their lives and being executed!!
          Wow. Where YOU been? Under a rock somewhere?
          Or too busy hating Christians and ceaselessly fighting for sexual immorality and deviancy?

          • weasel1886

            At least I’ve been there and saw what it is like. They need help not your high moral potical cr*p

          • Deina

            So you don’t want to actually do anything for God as much as you want to just sit back & tell others what they need to do for God, eh?

            True Christians rejoice when they are persecuted in His name, for they know that their reward in heaven is great. But you “xtian” frauds are more concerned with how people think of you. As Christ said, you already have your reward.

            And we can see just how deep your “concern” is for these girls & young women. You don’t give a mouthful of spit what happens to them or their pregnancies – all you care about is that people see you saying the “right words.” Just so long as you don’t have to get your shoes muddy, or your hands dirty. ٩◔̯◔۶

          • Bobby Mae

            Amen

          • Joseph Essien-Obot

            Nearly all the work done for these women and other refugees, even the Muslim ones, are done by Christians and Christian organizations. These people are camped all over the country by Churches, their health, their feeding. It is from donations in Churches both within and outside of Nigeria that provide the funding. Do you need TV advertorials to tell you what Christians are doing? Because one silly organization comes in and tells you that the greatest good is the murder of children because their parents were bad people. You lift not a finger but you are the most arrogant proposing what should be done. It’s things like these that make us Nigerians think often that Westerner are MAD!

        • Joseph Essien-Obot

          Who do you think have been providing services to these people? The UNFPA is only coming long at the back of all the work done to provide murder at the end of the day. You are sick!

          • weasel1886

            I have been there and there are almost zero services of any kind being offered by Christian agencies. The Muslim world is doing the most healthcare for these people

    • Pauline Smith

      Killing these unborn children is not the answer.

      • Deina

        Are you going to move to Kenya so you can raise & care for the children these young women abandon after you force them to give birth? It’s not likely that many of them will be able to find husbands while they have someone else’s child, even though it wasn’t their fault. No matter, I’m sure your pockets are deep enough to smooth over those minor little rough spots!

        Whether to terminate the pregnancy or not is a decision the woman carrying the ZEF must make, preferably with the help of her doctor, though they don’t have the luxury of medical care that we enjoy here.

        What they do not need is people 10,000 miles away, who know absolutely nothing about them, their culture and their living conditions; telling them what they should & shouldn’t do.

        • Pauline Smith

          Actually I do understand more than you think. But to murder, or offer to murder their unborn child would be an insult to their culture and beliefs. Murdering these innocent lives is adding to the already tragic invasion of these women’s bodies. How dare you say you know that these children will lead absolutely pathetic and worthless lives. How you and your ideals consider a well fulfilled life is not the same worldwide. And I support many people in these circumstances, overseas and here where I live. I am raising and caring for four children aged from 1 to 5 years old that I did not give birth to. I fought for one of them not to be aborted, and am now raising him. And no I do not have a deep pocket, I am a pensioner. But I have enough love to take in more children and babies that others discard because they were an intrusion on their lifestyle.
          And I am not telling these women what to do. But as usual those in places of power with words of persuasion, come in and trample all over their cultures and belief systems and tell them what they need to do to FIX the problem. Not me honey. But those in places of power. And heaven help anyone who dared to speak out against their barbaric practices.The blood of these innocent children is on their hands, and yours if you support them. I have seen first hand the devastating after effects of women being told the best thing for them is to abort the child. From rape victims to those pregnant because of an affair. I am a rape victim. But I am also a survivor.
          Why don’t you put your money and your mouth into helping setting up programs and the like to support these women and the resulting children ,when they choose not to abort. Or will you just show them the door because they did not bow to your ideals.
          Or maybe even help those abandon children you talk about.
          Their’s a video you should watch about an Australian grandmother that did just that. It’s called “Cinderella Children.” But maybe that’s too much effort and it’s quicker and easier to just rip out the offending child from it’s mothers womb.

    • Joseph Essien-Obot

      Rubbish! When people are not ready to take responsibility they find reasons to murder. You seem like one.

      • Deina

        So you think these women are “responsible” for getting pregnant? Maybe the only ones who got pregnant are the ones who weren’t “legitimately raped”?

        How easy it is for you to sit in your fine home & tell those who live in mud huts what to do!

        • Joseph Essien-Obot

          You’re just being silly. I’m not talking about the girls, for goodness sakes. Where do you get your thinking from? I’m talking about we who are afraid to take care of children. If the girl can’t keep the child certainly someone else will have to bear that burden. What I am saying therefore is that the ‘someone else’ would rather have the child killed!

          Living in mud huts doesn’t mean one is starving. Rural people have more children than those in town, especially in Africa, for one single reason! They feed easier and children make it easier since they help till the land. That’s one reason abortion is viewed with horror by rurals as opposed to their towns folk.

          How easy is it for you to sit in your fine home and tell those who live in mud huts to kill their children so that you won’t need to spend your vacation money on them.

  • FoJC_Forever

    The best ‘revenge’ these women can get against the wicked men who raped them si to have and raise the child to love God and follow Jesus (the) Christ. The child committed no crime and no sin. With proper support and help, they can either raise the child or adopt the child out to an enlightened family.

    Compounding the murder of a child on top of the pain they already feel is not the answer.

    • Bobby Mae

      Right, because when the terrorists return the women will shout “my kids are Christians!” And the Islamic terrorists will obviously admire that and leave them alone. How ignorant are you?

    • Deina

      So, when are you moving to Kenya so you can raise & care for the children these young women abandon after you force them to give birth? It’s not likely that many of them will be able to find husbands while they have someone else’s child, even though it wasn’t their fault. No matter, I’m sure your pockets are deep enough to smooth over those minor little rough spots! Maybe you can even marry all of them yourself, it’s probably legal there!

      Whether to terminate the pregnancy or not is a decision the woman carrying the ZEF must make, preferably with the help of her doctor, though they don’t have the luxury of as many doctors as we enjoy here.

      What they do not need is people 10,000 miles away, who know absolutely nothing about them, their culture and their living conditions; telling them what they should & shouldn’t do.

      • Joseph Essien-Obot

        …and because of not knowing “about them, their culture and their living conditions” it is be an option whether to kill fellow innocent victims or not. We all know this is incredibly difficult but making murderers of women doesn’t promote her dignity but degrades her capacity for good and that of all society. Humans undergo all kinds sufferings, these sufferings however don’t justify dehumanizing others most especially when they are innocent. I am sure you didn’t find the xenophobic attacks in SA as justified because locals suffer deprivation which was not the fault of foreigners but their government. Do not hunger for the blood of innocent children instead, work for the good of all.

        • Deina

          Maybe you need to tell Rumpy! He seems to think Christians are “too busy running for their lives and being executed” to be of any use. ٩◔̯◔۶

          Thank you for pointing out that he’s wrong, because it knocks his argument that “The UN should keep their meddling pro abortion groups out of their affairs” into a cocked hat, doesn’t it!

          The pregnant woman is the only one qualified to decide what to do with her pregnancy, and the more information she has regarding options, the better she can decide.

      • FoJC_Forever

        What they need is the Truth. The Truth is that having their baby murdered will not heal the pain they have to endure over being raped. It will add to it. They need love and support and help to overcome the trauma, and abortion doesn’t help.

        • Deina

          You don’t have any idea what they need, because you have never been in their situation!

          What I know is that if I was one of the victims, I could never look in the face of that “pwecious widdle babeee” without reliving the whole thing over again.

          Of course, that is beside the point to you – as long as you can tell everyone that you helped stop an abortion, you couldn’t care less about what happens to the mother, or the baby itself! Once it’s born you’ll happily go back to watching football on the telly in your y-fronts, while you drink beer & scratch your crotch. All without giving another thought to either one of them.

          • FoJC_Forever

            Your heart is hard and callous. You are emitting the nature of Satan. You need to be saved from your Sin through Jesus (the) Christ, then you would understand the true heinous nature of murdering babies in the womb.

            Your last paragraph is a completely inaccurate depiction of me, but no surprise, since you revel in Darkness and Lies.

          • Deina

            Apparently you know a hell of a lot more about “satan” than you do about conditions in Africa.

            Did anyone ever tell you about the dyslexic who sold his soul to Santa?

          • FoJC_Forever

            God knows more about Satan than I.

            I know you are groping in Darkness, trying to stay ahead of feeling the shame, guilt, and loneliness produced by your Sin. Every day is a race for you, trying to keep them from overwhelming you.

          • Deina

            Imagine that! An omniscient God knows something that you don’t! I’d better take a screen shot of this, because most people who know you are not going to believe it!

            I know you are groping in Darkness, trying to stay ahead of feeling the shame, guilt, and loneliness produced by your Sin. Every day is a race for you, trying to keep them from overwhelming you.

            Is that what you dream about? You have fantasies about “saving” everybody? Are they like “wet dreams” or something? You really need to talk to your therapist about this craving you have to be the “hero.” If let your “hero syndrome” get out of hand, it can end up hurting or even killing someone. I hope you get the help you need in time!

          • FoJC_Forever

            Who knows me?

            You are a very base individual. You remind me of a raving feminist who can’t get enough of the innocent blood and sternly marches for the right to murder babies.

            Judgement is coming.

  • Lark62

    So one religious cult treats women as no more than an object to control and abuse to advance their creed, leaving them pregnant.

    Then a second religious cult comes along to treat pregnant women as no more than objects with no say over there bodies in order to advance the cult’s creed.

    The second is no better than the first.