April 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues expressed its deep regret that today, the Kenyan Parliament passed a Draft Constitution which will enshrine a right to abortion in the highest law of the land. The constitution does not contain any meaningful restrictions on abortion, despite recognition of the right to life from conception. Section 26 contains language which allows abortion when in the "opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law."
This is a reversal of previous law on abortion - which required the opinion of two medical doctors who agreed an abortion was necessary for the life of the mother- and will open the door to abortion on demand.
Abortion is also advanced in Article 43 of the Draft which states: (1) Every person has the right- (a) to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care;
According to PNCI Director Marie Smith, "This section can fool those unschooled in pro-abortion deceptions but in the US we know that reproductive health is defined by pro-abortion advocates at the highest level of government as including access to abortion. Hillary Clinton believes it does and as the US undertakes a new Global Health Initiative, Clinton is in a key position as Secretary of State to make sure her definition is imposed on US-sponsored health programs globally, including in Kenya."
Another section of the Draft Constitution uses a pro-abortion tactic which can escape attention if one is not 'abortion literate'. According to Smith, "The Draft creates the Kenya National Human Rights and Equality Commission to 'act as the principal organ of the State in ensuring compliance with obligations under treaties and conventions relating to human rights.' "
"The problem is that pro-abortion agitators continually re-interpret UN treaties and conventions to advance their abortion agenda, including radical members of treaty bodies. If such individuals serve on the Kenyan Human Rights Commission--as they did on the Committee of Experts tasked with writing the final Draft Constitution--any Kenya law or policy which limits abortion will be eliminated."
Leading pro-abortion legal entity, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), implored Clinton to send a message to Kenya expressing support for the Draft Constitution and opposing any amendments to eliminate abortion language or the Human Rights and Equality Commission. The Clinton letter by Nancy Northup attacked the right to life clause using common pro-abortion propaganda:
"It is also directly at odds with international human rights law. International and African regional human rights treaties and the official bodies that have interpreted their provisions have not extended "right to life" protections to fetuses. Instead, their decisions support the position that recognizing the right to life from conception would interfere significantly with women's basic human rights."
An intense campaign to protect the unborn and their mothers from the violence of abortion will soon begin in Kenya as the nation moves to a referendum on the new constitution in July.