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Uju is the Founder and President of Culture of Life Africa, an organization dedicated to the promotion and defense of the African values of the sanctity of life, the beauty of marriage, the blessings of motherhood and the dignity of family life, values which are being attacked by many western governments, wealthy philanthropic foundations, and international abortion agencies. The title of Uju’s new documentary, Strings Attached, refers to the practice of using foreign aid as a lever to force abortion and population control on developing countries.
Uju is fighting tirelessly to expose the harm done to African values and African societies by the western nations, but her witness can also help us comprehend how much harm those of us in the United States and other so-called advanced, industrialized nations have already done to ourselves.
“I am from a tribe called the Igbo tribe in Nigeria. If I tried to translate in my native tongue what it means for a woman to ‘choose what to do with her body,’ I couldn’t! Most of the African native languages don’t even have a way of phrasing abortion to mean anything good....Hearing about African pro-life values should make us realize how far we in the western world have fallen. So many in the wealthy nations have lost sight of what is most important in life, even what it means to be human. Yet in many of the more underprivileged countries and in various tribal cultures across the globe, it is still normal practice to welcome every child with open arms, to value family ties above material things, and hold the elderly in high esteem. No nation or culture is perfect. Where humans are involved, there will be shortcomings. Yet in terms of discerning basic priorities and living in-synch with pro-life and family values – in terms of being truly human – it is the “third world” that needs to teach and we who need to learn.
Abraham Lincoln spoke of the United States as “a house divided.” The same might be said today of the entire world. “I do not expect the house to fall,” declared Lincoln, “but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”
Then will it be a Culture of Life, or a culture of death? As American citizens and voters, we have more than just a little to say about this. Let us hope that pro-life Americans will be inspired and energized by Uju’s example of unwavering dedication to the pro-life cause and her remarkable ability to share her African vision of what it means to be pro-life. May we “highly resolve,” as Lincoln might say, that this nation will from this day forward be only a force for Life in the world and a respecter of the pro-life cultures of other nations and never again an exporter of death or the “right to choose” delusion.
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