It doesn’t happen often that a Cardinal has the nerve to speak some clear words. When it happens, it feels good to report it here.
Cardinal Njue, the Archbishop of Nairobi, has criticised the newly approved Constitution of Kenya because the text opens the way for ordinary laws allowing abortion. The text reads
“Abortion is not permitted unless, 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.”
From what one understands the first two conditions are general provisions of what kind of abortions would not be considered in contrast with the Constitution and the third opens a huge door to a generalised abortion “right”, provided an ordinary law allows it.
This article of the Kenyan Constitution is wrong in both ways. The idea of allowing abortion only in particular cases is theologically wrong, and practically disastrous. In countries like Italy and the United Kingdom abortion has been introduced exactly with such a character: an “exceptional” measure for “exceptional” situations. It couldn’t work, and it didn’t.
Once you have trespassed on God’s commandment and allowed a mother to kill her own child in “exceptional circumstances”, you have opened the door for a secular mentality which will claim the extension to such exceptional circumstances to less and less “exceptional” cases. It must be so, then God does not allow His commandments to be “broken in a reasonable way”, because there’s nothing like that. Murder is a matter of absolutes, not of circumstances.
When one breaks God’s commandment one is going against God and against reason already and only a very secular skewing of perspective can induce one to see it otherwise. If you allow abortion when the mother could become suicidal every mother wanting to kill her child will claim to be suicidal, and so on. Again, the development in the UK and in Italy clearly testifies of the utter failure of this “fake reasonable” approach claiming to be able to improve on God’s Law.
Kudos to the Cardinal, then. Let us hope that his clear words will translate into an effective work on the ground in the years to come and that every abortion law may be successfully averted.