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Volume 14
No. 5
July, 2020

Kenya: Senate Considers Bill to Expand Abortion

Kenyan legislators are considering the Reproductive Health Bill, 2019, to expand access to abortion. Part Five of the Senate bill, entitled "Termination of Pregnancy", would make abortion permissible in cases of life or health of the mother, fetal anomaly, or in cases of emergency treatment. The language would expand Kenya's current law which limits abortion to cases of the health and life of the mother. The new bill states that reproductive health services are a right to all and that medical providers are obligated to provide information and services.
 
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has spoken out strongly against the bill, stating the language of sexual and reproductive rights was purposefully ambiguous. "In the past decades, the words have been redefined by various UN agencies to encompass controversial sexual and abortion rights, including for young children," wrote Bishop Philip Anyolo in a letter. "We cannot remain silent on issues that concern life. We are called by our faith and our African cultural background to protect the life of the unborn," said Bishop Anyolo. Additionally, the Kenya Christian Association called for the legislation to be withdrawn since it did not receive consultation before submission. 
 
A previous bill to expand abortion failed in 2014.

 
 
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In this Issue

 
International Pressure for Abortion
Pro-Abortion NGOs Rocked by Charges of Racism, 'White Supremacy'
Oh Canada, "Mothers and babies need support, not abortion!"
 
Defending Life
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Funding Restrictions
Actor Thanks President Trump; Asks for Prayer for Pro-Life Leaders
Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
El Salvador- Evidence Reveals Equal Disregard for Newly Born and Unborn
 
Focus on the United Nations
US Again Speaks Out Against Abortion
Abortionist Appointed to UN Position on Health
 
Focus on the OAS
IACHR Calls for Access to Reproductive Health Services during Pandemic
 
Legislative News
UK: Pro-Life Hail Victory as Pro-Abortion Amendments Fail 
Northern Ireland Says No, UK Votes Yes to Impose Abortion Law 
Kenya: Senate Considers Bill to Expand Abortion 
Guernsey: Abortion to be Allowed 
US: Tennessee Approves Heartbeat Bill 
 
Judicial News
US: Supreme Court Strikes Down State Law Regulating Abortion Clinics

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