Nigerian Cardinal Criticizes New Health Legislation

Says Sections Are Unfavourable to Human Life

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The Catholic Church in Nigeria has criticised new health legislation, saying some sections of the bill were defective and unfavourable to human life.

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, advised President Goodluck Jonathan not to sign the National Health bill into law until these sections were revised.

“The sections of the bill as passed touches on tissue and organ transplant among other delicate issues that is against the teachings of the Church,” he said, according to Vatican Radio.

The cardinal advised the Federal Government and the National Assembly to be careful of policies and initiatives introduced by foreign governments and organisations.

He said ideas originating from outside should be accepted if useful but should be discarded if found to be contrary to the health and well being of Nigerians.

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