Kenyans to Vote on Abortion Clause

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Church leaders in Kenya are sounding an alarm as people prepare to vote Wednesday on a new constitution which contains a clause that could open the door to more abortions.

Bishop Mark Kariuki leads the call for voters to say "No" to the draft and "Yes" to life.

He opposes the clause that would allow doctors to perform an abortion, if a woman's life is in danger.

"When the innocent blood of babies aborted from their mother's womb is shed they will cry against everybody who said 'Yes' to that draft. That's why we are standing on that," Kariuki said.

The American Center for Law and Justice has been working with Kenya's churches to fight aspects of the country's constitution. ACLJ operations director Jordan Sekulow appeared on CBN News' Morning program to talk more about the issue. Click play for the interview.

Abortions are illegal in the country under current law. Still, hundreds of thousands of women seek them each year, and anti-abortion groups fear the new law would open the door for more.

Kenya's new constitution has the support of its leaders and some in the U.S., including President Obama.

Reverend John Njenga also supports the constitution. He said those who oppose it are misinterpreting what it means.

"Abortion is not permitted, unless in the opinion of a trained medical practitioner, a professional, the life of a mother or the child, or the health is in danger," Njenga said.

There is plenty of passion on each side of this debate, but both are praying for a peaceful election.

This is Kenya's first national vote since the 2007 political violence that left more than 1,000 people dead.

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