Liberia: Bishop Kortu Supports Abortion Against Risks

As debate on abortion in Liberian society intensifies, the former President of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) Bishop Kortu Brown, says he supports abortion for risks reason.

However, Bishop Brown, who is also Overseer of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church International, cautious Liberians to carefully consider whether to legalize abortion on demand for any reason, up to 14 weeks.

Speaking Friday, 14 July at the end of a two-day retreat organized by LICOSES Teacher’s College Training program held in the New Water in the Desert Apostolic Pentecostal Church edifice in Brewerville, Montserrado County, Bishop Brown argued that if a prospective mother faces life-threatening risks such as rape, incest and disability, abortion should be allowed, noting “This is already legal in Liberia.”

He cautions against any law that would legalize abortion for more than three months for any reason other than threats to a mother’s life.

He underscores that a life from God is involved, and rejects abortion being committed for any reason for a young baby almost four months old in the mother’s womb, contending “that would give Liberia one of the most extreme abortion laws in Africa, even more extreme than most European countries.”

The former president of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia says based on research, by 14 weeks or almost 4 months, a baby has all of its major organs formed in the womb, including a beating heart, and is able to feel pain, and so on.

“Therefore, abortion cannot be legalized on demand, for any reason – only because a person wants an abortion even if their lives are not threatened and they have not suffered incest, rape, or disability.”