Gulu’s rise in abortion rate moves Catholic Church, clergy blames medics

Holy Rosary Catholic Parish, Pece-Laroo Division in Gulu (Image: Denis Omony/Kazi-njema News)

The escalating cases of abortion in Gulu, Northern Uganda, have shaken the Roman Catholic Church with Rev Fr Ray Charles Ocan blaming some medics for abetting them among teenagers due to financial gains well knowing that it is an ungodly act.

During his homily today (Sunday), the Curate of Holy Rosary Catholic Parish in Pece-Laroo Division, Gulu City expressed his disappointment after learning that most young girls in the area engage in abortion on a notion that it helps them to control aging.

According to the padre, by doing so, such people violate biblical teachings.

“It is even biblical that even if you resist change, change will inevitably come. This implies that every circumstance has its appointed time and avoiding it is futile,” he preached.


Statistics from Gulu district and city health departments indicate that 474 cases of unsafe abortions among teenagers were recorded in 2020 and 2021. Of these, 336 were recorded in 2020 and 138 in 2021. In the same period, 5,505 cases of teenage pregnancies were registered.

The law

Section 143 of the Penal Code Act, “Any person who unlawfully supplies to or procures for any person anything, knowing that it is intended to be unlawfully used to procure the miscarriage of a woman, whether she is or is not with child, commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for a maximum of three years.”

Article 22 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda on the protection of right to life, “No person has the right to terminate the life of an unborn child except as may be authorised by law.”


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