Chris Smith’s Excellent Adventure

Chris Smith, New Jersey Republican, is so committed to the cause of freedom and small government that he flew all the way to Kenya to engage in a taxpayer-financed junket to lobby for tighter restrictions on abortion in the East African nation. Kate Sheppard explains that Kenya’s status quo is already pretty strict, but Smith just really loves small government and freedom:

Kenyan abortion restrictions go far beyond those in American law, and Kenya’s new constitution, approved overwhelmingly last August, codifies a ban on abortions in the country. But that’s not enough for Smith and US anti-abortion groups, who argue that the exception allowing for legal abortions to preserve the health of the mother “opens the door to abortion on demand.”

Smith wasn’t just meeting with Kenyan politicians and activists during his time in East Africa — he was actively politicking. On March 21, Smith spoke at an event on the new constitution sponsored by the Kenya Christian Professional Forum in Limuru, a town about 35 miles outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. A staffer for the US-based group Center for Reproductive Rights, which recently opened an office in Nairobi, took notes during the speech. In it, the congressman reportedly called for “a world free of abortion.” Smith also accused “pro-abortion NGOs” of having “hijacked” the maternal mortality issue in order to legalize the killing of the unborn, CRR says.

From now on, I’m going to start accusing anti-abortion activists of being motivated by Kenyan anti-colonial ideology.