The 2015 Safe Abortion Bill is reported to have been sent back to President Ernest Bai Koroma by members of Parliament for his assent.
The Bill, which was enacted by Parliament in December last year, was initially not signed by President Koroma following concerns raised by members of Inter Religious Council. The religious leaders called on the President not to sign the bill, stating they were not consulted.
After two meetings with religious leaders at State House, the President sent the bill back to the law makers for further consultations.
The leaders in the House held series of meetings with members of the Inter Religious Council and various women groups who are in support of the bill. The religious leaders emphasized that the bill has fundamental flaws both in from and content.
Rev. Archibald Cole therefore called on Parliament to expunge the bill from the shelves of Parliament.
The safe abortion bill has raised serious controversy between religious leaders and various women activists including medical doctors. It is not immediately clear whether President Koroma will sign the bill