Kenyan bishops warn that abortion isn’t the reply to rising teenage pregnancies

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The Kenyan Bishops' Conference (KCCB) has condemned the rising pregnancy rates of teenagers in the country, but insists that abortion and sex education suggestions are not the answer.

The bishops' announcement this week follows a nationwide study by Kenya Health Information Systems that found that more than 150,000 Kenyan girls, ages 10 to 19, have become pregnant during the recent pandemic school closings.

Bishop Joseph Ndembu Mbatia of Nyahururu made a statement on behalf of the bishops that the country must concentrate during the pandemic on ensuring that children are protected from sexual exploitation, domestic violence, drug abuse and poverty.

"We have to protect our children from all forms of exploitation," said Bishop Mbatia.

The statement said the government should postpone its sex education plans at school, and called for the abortion law currently in the Kenyan Senate to be withdrawn immediately.

“We are completely against those who are trying to introduce comprehensive sex education in schools to curb teenage pregnancies. We are also against the Senate law on abortion, ”said the bishop.

The bishops also called on the country to support those affected by the pandemic by not stigmatizing those suffering from the coronavirus and by helping relatives to bury their loved ones with dignity.

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