Saturday 23 August 2008

Kenyan Cabinet Minister opposes abortion bill

Esther Murugi (pictured), a Kenyan Cabinet Minster, has strongly opposed the Reproductive Health Bill that will soon be tabled in Parliament, according to Kenya's "Standard".

The Gender and Children Affairs minister is reported as saying: “If that Bill is passed, we are going to see mayhem in this country. We should educate our children on the importance of abstinence and not to legalise abortion, which is murder”.

I blogged earlier this week on the bill. It contains coercive elements, legalises virtual abortion on demand and leaves virtually no safeguards whatsoever for unborn children.

The Minister complained that the bill borrows from western culture saying that it would ensure the provision of contraceptives to children as young as ten.