Contention has arisen over the definition of when life begins in the Bill of rights.The second clause of Article number 15 of the Bill of Rights states that a life of a person begins at conception.It also states that a person shall not be deprived of life intentionally, except for a capital offence the sentence of which is death, subject to limitations, defences and extent prescribed.
This presents a dilemma for doctors who are sometimes compelled to take legal abortive actions against a pregnant woman upon seeing that the life of the expectant mother is at stake.
The clause once approved in its current form could mean that many women may die from maternal health complications that could be avoided.
Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) executive member Dr Francis Mupeta stated that in the medical profession life does not always begin at conception because not every zygote develops into a human being.
Dr.Mupeta challenged the journalists to take a leading role in educating the people on the Bill of Rights.
Dr Mupeta who is also president of Resident Doctors Association of Zambia (RDAZ) said during a media training organised by the Zambia Youth Network in Chipata that journalists must take a leading role in sensitising the community on the contents of the Bill of Rights that
Zambians would be voting for in a Referendum which would be held alongside the August 11th general elections.
He said this was because most people rely on the media to get adequate information on various issues.