Ruth Speaks Out

This blog is maintained by the Ruth Institute. It provides a place for our Circle of Experts to express themselves. This is where the scholars, experts, students and followers of the Ruth Institute engage in constructive dialogue about the issues surrounding the Sexual Revolution. We discuss public policy, social practices, legal doctrines and much more.


Wednesday Marks 100th Anniversary of Legalized Abortion Worldwide

“On November 18, 1920, Soviet Russia became the first country to legalize abortion,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of The Ruth Institute.

“It’s not surprising that a totalitarian state pioneered legalized abortion. Just as communism violates human rights on a massive scale, abortion denies the most fundamental of rights – the right to life – to the unborn child,” Morse declared. “That’s why it’s ironic that so many international organizations try to portray abortion as a fundamental human right, comparable to free speech or the right to a fair trial.”

Until the end of World War II, legalized abortion was limited to Russia and countries controlled by the U.S.S.R. Then Sweden and Japan followed suit. In the 1960s and 70s, many European democracies passed similar laws. In 1973, the Supreme Court imposed abortion on the United States.

Today, the World Health Organization estimates there are 50 million abortions a year worldwide. “The number of abortions performed in the past 100 years could be in the billions,’’ Morse said.


She also warned: “Now some prominent NGOs and government aid-givers are trying to force abortion on African countries like Kenya, despite overwhelming local opposition.

“It’s important for us all to understand the origins of legalized abortion. It started with a regime dedicated to the abolition of human rights and the family, and the massive expansion of state power,” Morse charged.

In Kenya, the fight against abortion is being led by groups like the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum.

Human Life International Poland has also been working to raise awareness of this tragic anniversary.

 




Kenya Threatened by Cultural Colonialism in Abortion Bill

“Despite a recent poll showing 85% of Kenyan citizens support the right to life, international NGOs are pushing a new abortion bill, which would override the will of the people,” said Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

The deceptively named Reproductive Healthcare Bill is currently before the Kenyan Parliament. Morse noted: “The Kenyan Constitution, updated in 2010, states that ‘the life of a person begins at conception.’ It prohibits abortion except when the life or health of the mother is threatened.”

The bill not only imposes abortion on demand, but violates the conscience-rights of medical workers by providing a three-year prison sentence and a fine of one million Kenyan shillings for those who refuse to refer a woman to an abortion provider or, in an emergency, perform the abortion themselves.


“This not only nullifies the right to life enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution, but mandates draconian punishment for medical professionals who refuse to participate in abortions – either directly or indirectly,” Morse said.

Anne Kioko, CitizenGo Campaign Director for Africa, said the bill goes beyond abortion. “It imposes abortion on demand, surrogacy, and sexualization of children through what they euphemistically term ‘age appropriate’ education, which also advocates homosexuality for children.”

Vincent K. Kimosop, Secretary of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum, confirmed that, “The current version of the bill allows minors access to contraceptives and information on sex without parental participation or responsibility.”

Morse observed: “Groups like Planned Parenthood International, Marie Stopes International and the Soros-funded Open Democracy foundations have been relentless, both lobbying and making legalization of abortion a condition for international aid.”

Speaking at the 2019 Uganda National Youth Conference sponsored by the Kasana-Luweero Diocese, Morse stated: “The old economic colonialism attempted to dominate the physical resources of the African continent. The new ideological imperialism attempts to dominate the soul of Africa.”

Morse concluded: “The Sexual Revolution is not native to Africa. Wealthy and powerful people and organizations have spent vast sums of money to promote the Sexual Revolution.” These elites have “captured the use of government and international agencies to impose these ideologies around the world, especially on traditional societies.”

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