Ben Johnson,The White House Watch
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds the Obama administration gave taxpayer funds to an organization that illegally lobbied Kenya to liberalize its abortion law while the president’s ancestral nation was in the process of revising its constitution. Moreover,a high-ranking State Department employee stonewalled the investigation. And the State Department is refusing to draft guidelines to help its employees comply with the law in the future,as the GAO report prescribes.
The Obama administration dedicated at least $18 million to convince Kenyans to ratify the new constitution,which expanded women’s legal right to an abortion. Although a federal law known as the Siljander Amendment forbids U.S. funds to be used for abortion advocacy,the federal watchdog agency found one recipient of U.S. aid pressed the issue nonetheless.
The International Development Law Organization (IDLO)….