The Reproductive Healthcare Bill No. 23 of 2019, which is currently before Kenya’s Senate, advocates for “Legal and Accessible Safe Abortion,” adolescent-friendly “Family Planning” services, surrogacy, test-tube babies as well as Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE).
In their June 23 collective statement addressed to Catholic Members of Parliament (MPs) and all Legislators of good-will, the Bishops in Kenya explained that they are opposed to the Bill because it is against the teaching of the Gospel, against the Constitution, against the right to life and against the protection of children and of the family, issues they have reiterated in their July 5 statement.
The issues the Bishops have highlighted in their recent statements featured prominently during the controversial International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25) held in Nairobi last November.
Other religious leaders have also contested the Bill with Evangelical Pastors calling on the Senate to shelve the proposed law to allow for more consultations and the Muslim Clerics saying the Bill is open to abuse due to its blanket provision of sexual and reproductive health rights to “everybody.”
In their July 5 collective statement read out by Bishop Maurice Muhatia of Kenya’s Nakuru Diocese who presided over the televised Mass at the Holy Family Minor Basilica in Nairobi, the Catholic Bishops in Kenya express their appreciation for individuals and Kenyan institutions that champion matters pertaining to sanctity of life, defense of family and protection of children.
“We appreciate that the Senate has expressed openness to engage the Church on this matter,” the Catholic Church leaders in Kenya say.
They add, “In our engagement with the Senate, we shall seek to defend the right to life, the dignity of children and the family as inseparable unit.”
In a bid to engage “all stakeholders” in the process of finding a way out of the controversy, the Bishops express their intention to “advocate for the responsibility of the Ministry of Education through Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to provide age-appropriate and value-based human sexuality education to learners.”
As an alternative to the “Reproductive Health Care Bill No. 23 of 2019” that provides justification for the termination of “unwanted pregnancies,” the Catholic Prelates in Kenya have proposed a proactive approach that focuses on how to prevent the pregnancies from happening through “positive means such as mentorship and behavior change programs, life skills and human sexuality programs.”
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