Zambia Association of Obstetricians and Gynaegologists (ZAGO) (A Medical Association) Secretary General, Dr. Ameck Kamanga yesterday said that definition of ‘life begins at conception” should be removed from the draft constitution of Zambia as it was controversial. He called for an amendment to article 28 of the draft constitution emphasis that from a medical perspective ‘conception’ is a term that has no clear definition. He stated that while some interest groups working to restrict women’s reproductive health services define conception as beginning at fertilization, determining the moment of fertilization has no widely accepted biological or medical maker.

He stated that  if Article 28 is passed as it is in the current draft constitution will cause confusion to the practice of medicine especially in relation to reproductive and maternal health. It could lead to restrictions on women’s reproductive health services including emergency treatment and some methods of contraception.

Dr. Kamanga retaliated…

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