Tomorrow Kenyans vote on a constitution sponsored in part by Planned Parenthood.
“We must start from the simple premise that Africa’s future is up to Africans.” With these words President Obama unfurled his Africa policy to dignitaries in Ghana in July 2009. Continuing, Obama declared that though all nations should aspire to democracy:
Each nation gives life to democracy in its own way, and in line with its own traditions.… America will not seek to impose any system of government on any other nation — the essential truth of democracy is that each nation determines its own destiny.
If Obama’s words seemed trite then, they seem ironic now. The Obama administration’s attempts to impose abortion abroad has been unethical. Its attempts to do so in Obama’s father’s homeland may also be illegal.
The Obama administration has made abortion promotion a centerpiece of its diplomatic agenda. Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in April 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced, “We are now an administration that will protect the rights of women, including their rights to reproductive health care.” She added that “reproductive health includes access to abortion that I believe should be safe, legal and rare.”
The “centerpiece” of the Obama foreign policy, she continued, would be the Global Health Initiative, which commits the U.S. to spending $63 billion over six years on, among other things, abortion and other reproductive services.
In March, Clinton interfered in a Canadian controversy and threw what the Toronto Star called, “a grenade in the lap of her shell-shocked Canadian hosts” when during a news conference in Quebec she aggresively endorsed abortion as a way to promote maternal health.
But the administration’s abortion promotion has been more than rhetorical. One of Obama’s first actions in office was to rescind the Mexico City Policy, which required non-governmental organizations that receive federal funding not to perform or promote abortion abroad.
And Congress has appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars to promote “family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide.” Over the next five years, Clinton announced in January, “All governments will make access to reproductive healthcare and family planning services a basic right.”
Obama’s abortion imperialism may have its greatest impact in Kenya, where the administration has spent millions to promote ratification of a national constitution that would radically liberalize the country’s abortion laws.
Abortion is illegal in Kenya except to save the life of the mother. This reflects the views of most Kenyans, who are religious and socially conservative.
On August 4, however, Kenyans will vote yes or no on a draft constitution that includes language that would make most abortions a constitutional right.
Though it recognizes that “the life of a person begins at conception,” the constitution would legalize abortion when in the “opinion of a trained health professional there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.”
Another article states that “Every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, which includes the right to health care services, including reproductive health care.”
This language has the fingerprints of western abortion rights groups all over it. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has implored Clinton to “send a message to Kenya expressing support for the Draft Constitution and opposing any amendments to eliminate abortion language…”
Administration officials have indeed sent a clear message to Kenya. After the Kenyan Parliament approved the abortion liberalizing draft constitution, the White House released a statement lauding the parliament’s decision and encouraging Kenyans to “see this important reform element through can help to turn the page to a promising new chapter of Kenyan history.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online