Nairobi, 23 September, 2020 / 9:10 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Kenya have told members of the country’s Senate Committee for Health that the controversial Reproductive Healthcare Bill 2019 “is inconsistent with the constitution” and needs to be withdrawn from the house “because it cannot be redeemed.”
In a Wednesday, September 23 report detailing what the members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) presented to the Senators in a virtual session on September 21, the Bishops state that the Bill is “unconstitutional” and give reasons for this conclusion.
“While stating that her concerns about the Bill are based on the fact that the Bill is proposing serious moral issues that touch on the right to life, dignity of every human person, integrity of the family and upbringing of children, the Catholic Church under the aegis of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) says that the bill is unconstitutional,” the Bishops’ report shared with ACI Africa indicates.
During the September 21 session with the members of the Health Committee of the Senate, the Director of the National Canon Law Office of KCCB, Fr. Ferdinand Lugonzo who tabled the Bishops’ memorandum told the Senators that the “Bill is inconsistent with the constitution which, embraces the dignity and right to life that starts at conception and ends with natural death.”
Fr. Lugonzo further said that “the right to life and to human dignity cannot be separated and divided into vague forms of rights.”