EACLJ Continues its fight against Abortion in Kenya
The EACLJ has persisted in conducting public sensitization campaigns aimed at protecting the sanctity of life and imparting the knowledge that life begins at conception, a realization that may not be common knowledge to many. This is done through advocacy and education campaigns and projects.
Eva Mwara, our psycho-social therapist has been in the frontline in spearheading a national campaign dubbed ‘Linda Uhai’ which is Swahili for “Guarding Life”. The campaign brings together lead Christian professionals and stakeholders including doctors, Lawyers, counselors, lecturers and nurses for the purpose of safeguarding the Constitutional Right to Life.
The East Africa center for Law and Justice was involved in the planning of the Life walk which was held on the 25th March 2017. The Life week brought together pro-life and pro-family groups in what has continued to become an annual event in the Kenyan society as a way of celebrating the God given gift of life.
In the advent of ill-conceived proposals introduced by pro-choice proponent through manipulation of legislative bodies and the media in order to legalize abortion, it has been important for EACLJ to be relentless in providing credible information that is aimed at protecting the rights of the unborn. Backstreet abortion remains a scourge that maims many women, equally denying babies the right to live.
Through the campaign, Melissa Lukulu, our advocate, effectively taught that The Constitution of Kenya frowns upon abortion and that there were legal ramifications under the Penal Code for anyone caught in the act or attempting to procure an elective abortion.
The Linda Uhai Campaign culminated in the pro-life march, where in collaboration with Kenya Christian Professionals Forum, EACLJ launched a March for life around the Central Business District, Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The theme of the life walk was "Life is sacred nurture it".
We convened at Parliament road, where we prayed for our legislators to pass laws that will guarantee the right to life and protect the life of the unborn.
This event is significant and timely as it comes at a time when the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) has drafted a Bill seeking to legalize abortion to The EAC member states which include; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. EACLJ has since submitted a Petition to the East African Legislative Assembly asking them to revoke the clauses that legalize abortion.