AFRICA/KENYA - Bishops call on government to shut down abortion clinics

Thursday, 3 September 2020 bishops   family   abortion  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - " We cannot claim God is in our midst when in fact we are allowing the evil of some individuals who may have killed their conscience to legislate for the killing of our unborn children", say the Bishops of Kenya, who asked the government to close all clinics and health units that are procuring abortions and administering contraceptives to minors and teenagers in the name of protecting them. In a joint statement read by the Chairman of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Most Rev. Philip Anyolo, on 29th August 2020, during the Episcopal Consecration of the new Bishop of Kitui, Rt. Rev. Joseph Mwongela, the bishops termed abortion as evil and expressed concern over the Reproductive Health Bill whose basic intention, they pointed out, is to introduce disguised abortion on demand.
"It is of utmost concern that in a Country which believes in the sanctity of human life and human dignity, certain entities will be allowed to propagate ideologies that degrade that very dignity in the name of freedom of choice", they say.
The Bishops urged parents to recall their primary responsibility of instilling good morals and habits in their children by spending sufficient time with them.
"Parenting is the biggest investment any parent can make and it requires skill, effort, commitment and patience", they said.
"As a moral duty, families must take full responsibility over the education of their children as a virtue and in morality, especially on sexual education" recall the Bishops. They appealed to parents to teach their children the correct doctrine and to shun other doctrines, condemning the aggressive anti-family agenda being peddled such as the “gender ideology” that is contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 3/9/2020)