Lifesite Daily News, which keeps us informed of what is happening in the moral spheres of the world both good and bad, had some sad news in a recent issue regarding my beloved land of Kenya. Herewith is the relevant quote: “Nairobi. Oct. 4, 2001. A government report suggests the legalization of abortion in Kenya. A team appointed by the Health Standards and Regulatory Services department, argues social and medical evidence outweighs the ‘perceived moral and legal need for retaining the anti-abortion law of our books.'” The report also noted that the proposal was made in accordance with international trends.

As most of my friends are aware, I spent the first 30 years of my life as a priest and missionary in Kenya from 1941 to 1971. And I enjoyed every day of it. I preached the Gospel to the people of the famous Kikuyu Tribe, in what the white man at that time called the “The Bush.” One of my most treasured memories is the love which was lavished on babies. Every married woman – and man – wanted a large family. In all my years there I never saw a baby bottle and I never heard of an abortion. Every baby was breast fed and to kill a baby, born or unborn, would have been considered the greatest crime possible. I speak two African languages and I don’t know the word for “abortion” in either of them, because I never heard it. Of course, there were “silent abortions” performed among the European women in Nairobi and Mombasa, but they were performed in secret. At that time – the 40s – most of the Kikuyu Tribe were pagans. They were not yet Christians – as many now are – but they had very strong moral principles. By the way, a pagan is not an atheist. Pagans usually have a very firm belief in a God, but they do not know about Christ. If you said to an African pagan, “Do you believe in a god?” he would point to a tree and say, “If there is no God, who made that?” While they did not have services as Christians and other religions have, they had no doubt about certain moral laws of justice and murder was always considered a very serious offence against their god. And they had no doubt about the humanity of the baby in the womb. To continue the Lifesite report, “International pressure on Kenya to allow abortion and contraception to further population control has been fierce. The pressure reached its climax in 1999. In reaction, the Catholic Church in Kenya noted, in August, that the United Nations Population Fund was exerting pressure on the country, attempting to impose abortion, contraception and sex education regimes. Bishop Nicodemus, the head of the Nyeri Catholic Archdiocese – whom I knew when he was a young priest – stressed in a speech, the seriousness of the international pressure. He said that the Church’s stand on contraception would never change, even if one was to be killed for opposing condom use. He said that sex-ed would exacerbate the spread of AIDS, since it would open floodgates to irresponsible and immoral youths

Dr. Margaret Ogola, a lady doctor of the Kikuyu Tribe, who spoke in Toronto some years ago and is now the executive director of Kenya, has said that the distribution of millions of condoms which have about a 30 percent failure rate, has not only caused disease but has also broken down delicate tribal taboos against promiscuous sexual behaviour. Speaking in November, 1999 at the World Congress of Families in Geneva, Dr. Ogola noted that Western propaganda had convinced millions of young Africans that sex with condoms was “safe sex.” She said that the reaction of young people when she told them that they had AIDS was heartbreaking. “But,” they said, “wasn’t it safe sex?”

Of course, money is a very large factor in this population crisis. With the fact that hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in much-needed loans are contingent on acceptance of “family planning” and with a very weak president, the threat to life and limb of rejecting the population control policies is very real. Here is an example taken from a report: – On November 29, 1999, Kenya’s president, Daniel Arap Moi, surprises his listeners when he advocated condoms to fight AIDS. “The threat of AIDS has reached alarming proportions and must not be treated casually. In today’s world, condoms are a must.” The occasion was the graduation ceremony at the University of Nairobi.

Just one week earlier, he was quoted in the Nairobi Daily Nation as starting to advocate the use of condoms as a way of controlling AIDS. Both Muslim and Catholic authorities reacted with dismay to the president’s departure from moral values. Sheikh Ali Shee, a spokesman for the Council of Imans, called for chastity and a ban on immoral publications and TV programs, saying they were contributing to the spread of AIDS. Bishop Nicodemus Kirima urged abstinence before marriage, saying that was the surest way of keeping the killer virus at bay.

There is much more that could be said on this sad subject. But, I think I have written enough to prompt all pro-lifers to remember in their prayers the tragic situation in my beloved country of Kenya.