Prolife groups issue stand against the reproductive healthcare bill
Over twenty pro-life groups in Kenya have submitted their memoranda to the Senate Committee on Health regarding the Reproductive Health Care bill proposed by Nakuru Susan Kihika.
This comes following the fresh call for public participation on the proposed law.
The groups including Kenya Christian Professionals Forum, Protecting Life Movement,Citizen Go among others, re-iterated their non-negotiable stance to have the controversial Reproductive Health Care Bill of 2019 withdrawn entirely without amendments.
The groups listed various concerns regarding the reproductive health bill arguing that it is pushing for illegalities and practices that are not acceptable in Kenya.
Other concerns listed include why the bill emanated from the Senate contrary to article 114 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. Article 114 states that all money bills are supposed to emanate from the National Assembly instead of the Senate.
Another concern is the bill being sponsored and championed by foreign NGOs that have continuously pushed for it online, through media and also through holding workshops with a number of legislators.
According to the Prolife groups listed, the outspoken agenda by these non-governmental organizations has been to make abortion legal in the entire Africa, Kenya being their number one target.
They further argue that the bill is pushing for surrogacy without offering a clear framework on how this can be practiced and without taking into account the negative effects which the practice has, including harm to the best interests of the Child and the spirit of Article 45 of the Constitution.
The bill they argue leaves loopholes for same sex unions and related practices, which are currently illegal in the country and are not for the good of the entire society.
They are now urging the Senate Committee on Health to listen to the many voices who have opposed the bill and have it shelved completely.
The pro-life community in Kenya has offered to help in championing and steering an all stakeholders forum that will come up with a bill that is acceptable by all.