Pro-Life Leaders Worldwide Sign Petition Against Pro-Abortion Kenya Constitution
by Steven Ertelt
July 21, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With two weeks left before residents of Kenya vote on a proposed constitution that would overturn the nation’s historic pro-life protections for women and unborn children, 171 pro-life leaders from 21 nations have signed a petition urging a no vote on the document.
World Congress of Families launched the petition drive and asked top pro-life advocates from across the world to sign on to the petition in support of the No campaign waged by local Kenyans against the document.
WCF Managing Director Larry Jacobs informed LifeNews.com today that his group gathered signatures from more than 170 pro-life and pro-family leaders in 21 countries.
Signers include former Arkansas Governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, former Boston Mayor and Vatican Ambassador Ray Flynn, and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Members of the parliaments of Britain, Australia and the European Union, and the Congresses of Poland and the Philippines signed on to the document as well.
"Kenyans are literally fighting for the hope and future of their nation — the lives of unborn children," Jacobs observed.
He said the analysis is clear that the draft constitution would promote unlimited abortions.
"The Constitution, which will be voted on by Kenyans on August 4, includes language which overturns current Kenyan law prohibiting abortion except to save the mother’s life," Jacobs explained. "It would allow abortion when the mother’s ‘health’ is affected by a continuation of pregnancy."
Jacobs said the World Health Organization defines "health" to include "complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
"Thus, Section 26 of the proposed Constitution sets up a mechanism for unrestricted abortion on demand at any time during pregnancy," he said.
The pro-life advocates signing the document are concerned Africa has been targeted by international population control groups for legalized abortion despite a 47% drop in Kenyan fertility and projections that show a declining population in the next 50 years.
They are also upset that the administration of President Barack Obama in the United States has reportedly spent over $23 million to promote the pro-abortion Constitution and open the door to killing black babies throughout Africa.
"We urge the people of Kenya to carefully consider the consequences of this fatal move, which could be the first step on a road the West has followed, leading to one-quarter of all pregnancies in the U.S. ending in abortion," Jacobs said.
Signers on the new petition include representatives of Endeavour Forum (Australia), Alliance for Romania’s Families, Christian Legal Centre (U.K.), Family Values Organization (U.K.), Priests for Life, Population Research Institute, Parents Forum Switzerland, Concerned Women for America and the Alliance Defense Fund.
Others include The Family Network (Mexico), Action for the Family (Belgium), Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, Spanish Federation of Pro-Life Organizations, Pro-Life Association – Right to Life Spain, REAL Women of Canada, and Lutherans for Life (Latvia).
LifeNews.com editor Steven Ertelt, and the author of this story, is also a signer to the petition.
Related web sites:
Petition – https://www.worldcongress.org/petition/wcf.kenyapet.1007.htm
World Congress of Families – https://www.worldcongress.org
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