It has now been revealed that during the 2009-2010 drafting of the Kenyan constitution, US government-funded organizations paid for pro-abortion lobbying.
These organizations, funded by taxpayers, argued "against constitutional bans on abortion." These lobbyists also pushed for language which stated children in the womb "lack constitutional standing."
To date, this funding has cost American taxpayers at least $18,000,000. Potentially more important, however, is that this violates the Siljander Amendment, which states that no "foreign assistance money" may be spent lobbying in favor or against abortion.
As the Government Accountablity Office reported:
USAID also funded a technical assistance award to the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to support the Committee of Experts (COE), the nongovernmental entity charged with drafting the constitution. In the course of providing comments and advice regarding the entire draft constitution, IDLO made suggestions relating to the issues of fetal rights and abortion during the early stages of drafting. IDLO later commented on broadening the exceptions when abortion would be legal.GAO continued:
GAO recommends that State and USAID develop specific guidance on compliance with the Siljander Amendment, indicating what kinds of activities may be prohibited, disseminate this guidance throughout their agencies, and make it available to award recipients and subrecipients.It is not clear what will happen next in this case. However, knowing this Administration, there is a high likelihood that it will simply be swept under the rug and forgotten.