US: Kenyan funds spark abortion row

Three Republican members of the US Congress are accusing the Obama administration of using money meant for civic education in Kenya to back a draft constitution that they fear would increase access to abortion in the African country.

The US Embassy said yesterday it has provided about $11m (€850m) in support of constitutional reform in Kenya, but that an investigation into the funds found that nine of more than 200 subgrantees supported the “yes” campaign. A spokeswoman said the embassy has since suspended or concluded those nine grants.

Kenyans will vote on the draft constitution on August 4, a vote that is part of wide-ranging efforts to avoid a repeat of political violence that saw more than 1,000 people killed after the country’s December 2007 presidential elections.

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