By Kwesi Yirenkyi Boateng

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has launched a Pro-Life Conference in Ghana to be held from August 7 to 8, 2015 to help stem the tide of the emerging culture of death in the country.
Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, Bishop of Koforidua and the Bishop Responsible for Health, performing the press launch in Accra, stated that the Pro-Life Campaign would ?lead Ghanaians to a deeper reflection of the Gospel of Life and appreciation of the sanctity of life, the beauty of love, the purity of marriage and the dignity of human sexuality?.
He said the Conference, themed Promoting Life and Family Values in the Continuing Culture of Death, hoped to incorporate Government, leaders and people to build an authentic culture of life in Ghana and also promote the values of family life including unity and indissolubility.
The Bishop said the Pro-life Conference would also teach and train the faithful to understand the Gospel of life, in order to stand for and defend the pro-life position of the Church, as well as strengthen the faithful’s will to witness and promote the dignity of life from conception to natural death.
He stated that the State has a primary duty to defend life, adding that ?the unconditional respect for the right to life of every innocent person, from the moment of conception to natural death, is one of the pillars upon which every civil society stands.?
?There can be no true democracy without the recognition of every person’s dignity nor can there be a guarantee of true peace unless life is defended and promoted,? said the Bishop, who also noted that to be actively pro-life was to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of family values and the common good.
Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum, observed there was persistent attempts by some international organisations, wealthy western nations and philanthropists to limit, suppress and even destroy the source of human life among Africans.
The culture of death according to the Bishop was being introduce to Africa in the form of population control measures being promoted by some multi-national organisations which have implanted themselves in Africa as Family Planning organisations, but which in reality were promoting unnatural and artificial means of birth control such as abortion, sterilization, vasectomies, the use of condoms, among others, over the Natural Family Planning which the Catholic Church upholds.
He said Governments in Africa, including Ghana were being heavily pressured by external donor organisations and countries to push the agenda of pro-choice and sexual revolution on the continent. He stressed that some international pro-choice agencies were strongly promoting the use of condoms, the practice of abortion, the sale of ova and semen and homosexuality among our citizens in some hospitals, schools, towns and villages in Ghana, under the guise of ?sexual and reproductive health and rights?.
The Prelate thus noted the important role the Catholic Church has to play with other likeminded Christian groups and Civil Society Organisations in renewing a pro-life mission in the world and called on well-meaning Ghanaians to a deeper reflection of the Gospel of life.
The Vice President of the GCBC, Most Rev. Anthony K. Adanuty, who is also the Bishop of Keta-Akatsi, noted that Life was a precious gift that must be protected, stressing the need for all to respect and protect life from conception to its natural end.
He called on Government to put in place structures to promote human dignity and eliminate anything that militated against life.
Planned activities for the two-day conference include a Prayer Campaign in all Catholic churches in Ghana starting on July 22; Lectures on Pro-Life on August 7 at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra; A Pro-Life March on some streets of Accra on August 8, and the issuing of a communiqu?.
At the launch were some members of the Ethics Commission of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference, Staff of the Directorate of Health at the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra, as well as the Directors of the Department of Social Communications in the various Dioceses.

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