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UN Nairobi summit will promote abortion, African bishops warn

Bishops in Africa have raised concerns that a UN summit in Kenya will promote abortion.

The Nairobi Summit marks the 25th anniversary of the Cairo Conference on Population and Development. It will be held in Nairobi between 12-14 November.

Bishop Alfred Rotich, Bishop Emeritus of the Military Ordinariate of Kenya and chair of the Kenyan bishops’ family life office, told ACI Africa: “We find such a conference not good for us, (and) destroying the agenda for life.”

The summit’s five themes include “Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage” and “Upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care even in humanitarian and fragile contexts.”

“There will be about 10,000 people here and we know what they are for,” Bishop Rotich said.

“They are not pro-life, but they are 10,000 abortionists. They are practitioners of what is against life.”

The summit has been sponsored by the UN Population Fund and the governments of Kenya and Denmark. The bishop questioned why Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta offered the country as a place for a pro-choice agenda to be promoted.

“We are looking at it from the African culture and we are asking the nation through the president: have we no values?” Bishop Rotich asked.

“What is the constitution saying about the respect of God? What is our interpretation, we as independent and sovereign nation? Are we aware of the enemy that is continually interfering with our tradition and culture of protecting life?” he added.

Bishop Rotich described the summit as an “intrusion” and a “dragon against our agenda for life.”

“We must protect our borders, which (are) in this case the life of this country – now and in the future,” he said.

Archbishop Martin Kivuva of Mombasa added his voice to the criticism, describing the summit’s agenda as “unacceptable according to our teaching of the Catholic Church.”

He also cautioned President Kenyatta to be aware of the summit’s agenda.

“Be warned, Mr. President-these are the issues you should watch out (for),” Archbishop Kivuva said.

“We need to say no; we cannot take this.”

Referring to the organisers of the summit, Archbishop Kivuva said: “It is not the first time they are doing this, and they have a hidden agenda.”

“Remember most of this is about population reduction, yet in Europe, there is zero growth and they tell us we are many,” he added.

“They tell us we are poor because we are many. That is a lie! We are poor because they took and still take our resources. Look at DR Congo-with all the minerals it should be the richest country.”

Kenya’s bishops have organised a parallel event with The Kenya Christian Professionals Forum, which will take place at the same time as the Nairobi summit.

Picture: Kenyan bishops, October 5 2019 (ACI Africa)

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