Senate Committee on Health: Table the report on the "Kihika Abortion Bill"
The Senate Health Committee held public participation to have various stakeholders be heard on the very controversial Reproductive Healthcare Bill of 2019 also known as the Kihika abortion bill.
It is disturbing that months later, the committee has not tabled its report to the whole house despite having an opportunity to do so before the Parliament's recess.
We are demanding accountability in this process which includes making the report public and available to all stakeholders.
The controversial bill is sponsored by Hon. Susan Kihika and advocates for “Legal and Accessible Safe Abortion”, adolescent-friendly “Family Planning” services, surrogacy, test-tube babies, and even Comprehensive Sexuality Education for children.
It is also evident that pro-abortion organizations such as IPAS are sponsoring this bill as they have held numerous meetings with senators to monitor the bill's progress on the floor of the house.
This bill opens a pandora’s box on a number of issues that are already defined in the constitution of Kenya 2010. It seeks to interpret Article 26 of the Bill of Rights by trying to make Article 26 c and d friendly to abortionists and those that seek abortion on demand.
If this bill is passed, any woman who walks into a clinic and gives consent for abortion will be allowed to procure it contrary to the current laws.
Any medical practitioner will also be expected to procure an abortion as long as the woman has demanded it even when it is against their religious beliefs or values. If this medical practitioner fails to offer abortion by either themselves or referral, they will be jailed for three years.
The bill also makes it possible for anyone in the medical field to procure an abortion.
For the longest time now, Kenyans have fought the destructive Comprehensive Sexuality Education which advocates for among others abortion as a right, homosexuality for children, masturbation, and even sexualization of children.
The Reproductive Health Bill 2019 will make Comprehensive Sexuality Education legal through its article 27. It will also make available abortion services that cater to adolescents.
The Kenyan constitution in Article 26 makes it clear that life begins at conception and should be protected under the Bill of Rights. The penal code also forbids abortion.
Kenyans have opposed this bill vehemently but there seems to be heightened lobbying by abortionists to have the bill go through to the third reading, we thus call for a fair and transparent process as the Senate resumes sessions soon.
Sign this petition, ask the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee in Health to expedite the tabling of the report to the committee of the whole house in the Senate.