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Tomorrow Kenyans vote on a constitution sponsored in part by Planned Parenthood.
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Obama even appeared on the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation to tell Kenyans that voting for the document was “a singular opportunity to put the government of Kenya on solid footing.” He urged Kenyans to “take advantage of the moment.”
Vice President Joe Biden was dispatched to Kenya in June to lobby for passage. He told a crowd of Kenyans that they should adopt the new constitution in order “to allow money to flow” to Kenya from other countries.
“The United States strongly supports the process of constitutional reform,” Biden said. “Dare to reach for transformative change, the kind of change that might come around only once in a lifetime. If you make these changes, I promise you, new foreign private investment will come in like you’ve never seen.”
But the money already has been flowing. American Ambassador Michael Ranneberger was quoted in May stating that the U.S. has donated $2 million for “civic education” about the proposed constitution.
The administration’s efforts in Kenya piqued the curiosity of three U.S. congressmen with legal oversight jurisdiction over foreign funds. Chris Smith (NJ), Darrell Issa (CA), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) launched a probe to determine whether the Obama administration violated federal law by using taxpayer money to promote the constitution.
In May they wrote to auditors at the State Department, USAID and GAO, stating that, “The Obama administration’s advocacy in support of Kenya’s proposed constitution may constitute a serious violation of the Siljander Amendment,” which prohibits foreign aid from being used to lobby for or against abortion.
A July report by the Office of the Inspector General of the USAID found that the administration has given grants totaling more than $23 million to more than 200 groups working to turn out the “yes” vote in the referendum.
“Under no circumstances should the U.S. government take sides,” Rep. Smith said during a press conference in late July. “Yet this is precisely what the Obama administration has done.”
The federal probe further found, according to Smith, that the Kenyan constitution was written partly by “U.S. funded NGOs working in concert with Planned Parenthood.”
Kenyan Catholic Bishop Anthony Muheria told me in an e-mail that he has little doubt the Obama administration has been actively pushing the constitution. “The U.S. Vice President has gone on record during his last visit, that [adopting the abortion language into the Constitution] is a condition for the funds to come,” Muheria wrote. “He even insinuated the difficulty those opposing the draft would face to get U.S. travel visas! This was quoted in our Kenyan media.”
While polls show most Kenyans support the idea of a new constitution, most do not understand the ramifications of the abortion language, wrote Muheria, who has been active in trying to educate Kenyans about the constitution’s abortion provisions.
Christian and other pro-life groups in Kenya are actively opposing the constitution’s passage. Bishop Muheria continued:
We as a Church are trying to educate and explain [the abortion] language, and the reaction is always one of rejection of this type language. The whole content issue is easily reduced to propaganda and TV or Radio clichés. And unfortunately the ones who have the money are those putting forward these abortionist ideas. There is a lot of funding support for this group.
Bishop Muheria remains optimistic despite polls showing that the constitution is likely to pass. “My hope and prayer is that [Kenyans] reject the proposed constitution and set out to build another more humane [constitution] in the primary issues of human rights and dignity,” he wrote.
Obama concluded his Ghana speech last year by re-stating his hope for Africa. “As I said earlier,” he told the crowd, “Africa’s future is up to Africans. The people of Africa are ready to claim that future.”
With its aggressive efforts to promote abortion in Kenya, the Obama administration has made it clear that the only future it will accept is a future with fewer Africans.