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Obama Congratulates Kenya for Sharia Law Provisions, Abortion

WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Thursday, President Obama praised Kenya for approving a controversial new constitution that liberalizes abortion laws and that partially implements Muslim Sharia law within Kenya’s borders.

“This was a significant step forward for Kenya’s democracy,” President Obama stated, “and the peaceful nature of the election was a testament to the character of the Kenyan people.”

The new constitution was approved by about 70% of voters.  It permits abortion for the sake of the “health” of the mother – a term that opponents of unborn rights admit can be “broadly interpreted when need be” to help bring about abortion on demand.

It also carves out legal space for Muslim khadi courts, which handle family issues in accord with Sharia law.  Only about 12% of Kenya is Muslim.

President Obama stated that his administration had been “pleased to support Kenya’s democratic development and the Kenyan people, including through the visit of Vice President Biden earlier this year.”

During Vice President Biden’s trip he promised that the approval of the new Kenyan constitution would “allow money to flow” to Kenya from foreign aid treasuries.

The Obama administration has spent about $23 million supporting the new constitution, a move that some congressmen have contested violates the Siljander amendment, a statute that prohibits the federal government from lobbying for or against abortion with foreign aid funds.

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