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Kenyan Catholic bishops: "Legalizing Abortion is Legalizing Murder!"

The catholic bishops of Kenya have urged the government and law makers not to legalize abortion, saying legalizing the practice amounts to legalizing murder. The bishops were responding to a report and policy recommendations published last month on the incidence and complications of unsafe abortions in Kenya. In a press release signed by Bishop Philip Anyolo, the vice chairmen of the episcopal conference, they denounced all forms of abortion procedures and reiterated that “human life begins at conception and must be respected and protected absolutely.”
Below is the full statment
PRESS RELEASE"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.”
(Jeremiah 1:5).
We the Catholic Bishops in Kenya have carefully studied the Report and Policy recommendations of August 2013 on incidence and complications of Unsafe Abortions in Kenya by the African Population and Health Research Center, Ipas - Health Access Rights Africa Alliance, Ministry of Health and Guttmacher Institute, which also appeared in both the Standard pg. 4 and Nation pg. 1 & 2 Newspapers of Thursday, 22 August, 2013 respectively.
We are particularly disturbed by the abortion figures released by the study carried out by the Ministry of Health in Kenya and the African Population on Health Research Centre (APHRC) revealed that 465,000 abortions were carried out in the year 2012.
We denounce all forms of abortion procedures and hold that human life begins at conception and must be respected and protected absolutely.
We reaffirm that life is sacred from conception until natural death and that taking of human life away, whether born or unborn, amounts to crime. GOD alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end. No one but HIM can under any circumstances claim the right to take away life. As such, human life must always be defended and recognized as a gift of God that guarantees the future of humanity.
We appeal to all Kenyans to resist any attempts to sneak in abortion into our Constitution by deliberately seeking to scare Kenyans through questionable statistics with the sole aim of legalizing abortion.
We insist that, it 'is deceptive to treat abortion as a panacea to health, happiness and prosperity of a woman. On the contrary, available research indicates that women who procure abortion suffer deep physical, psychological and spiritual wounds; and can never undo' any circumstances, find fulfillment in the decision to terminate the pregnancy.
We further insist that, medical practitioners should never prescribe abortion as a solution to family, economic, and social problems. Instead, they are called to always tell their patients the truth: that abortion kills an innocent child, destroys the essence of motherhood, blinds the conscience of the child's father and has devastating effects on the family; and that any attempt to legalize it amounts to killing the conscience of the Nation.
We call upon parents to continuously teach their children the fundamental truth of human life; that life begins at conception and must always be defended and protected.
We caution against calls for more resource allocation for abortion and post abortion care, and advise that more attention and resources be channeled towards promoting and upholding good morals in the society. This will prevent the need for abortion in the first place.
We appeal to the Government and law makers to shun evil and uphold the dignity of lives including the lives of unborn children in the spirit of the right to life for all.
We strongly appeal to all Kenyans of good will, to continually protect human life and dignity by being pro-life and resist any attempt to promote material development at the expense of the more lasting value of holistic human development.
Legalizing Abortion is Legalizing Murder!
Signed by:
Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo
Vice Chairman - Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops
His Eminence John Cardinal Njue
Chairman - Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops
Dated: 2nd September 2013


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