Why many Kenyans are opting for unsafe abortions

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Why many Kenyans are opting for unsafe abortions

Daniel Otieno
Tue 20th Jun 2017

According to Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organisation that seeks to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, Kenya recorded 469,690 cases of induced abortion in 2012.

This corresponded to induced abortion ratio of 30 abortions per 100 births in the same year. Abortion remains a highly stigmatised issue in the society. Even though the law permits abortion in some cases, many people still consider it illegal.

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001244211/health-why-many-kenyans-are-opting-for-unsafe-abortions

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions

By Neha Wadekar | KISUMU, Kenya
Tue May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical workers in this city: more abortions.

The United States reinstated the "Mexico City Policy" in January, cutting some $600 million in funds for family planning programs overseas.

Last week its scope suddenly mushroomed. Trump expanded it to affect $8.8 billion worth of global health funding, including programs on HIV/AIDS, malaria and child health.

Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-africa-idUSKBN18J1Y8

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The Ripple Effect Of Cuts To U.S. Funds For Overseas Abortion Services

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The Ripple Effect Of Cuts To U.S. Funds For Overseas Abortion Services

May 19, 2017
Rina Shaikh-Lesko

The newly-released details of the Trump administration's version of the "Mexico City policy" are raising many questions about its impact not only on abortion but also on preventing HIV and infectious diseases like malaria.

The policy is named for the place where it was introduced by President Ronald Reagan, at a U.N. conference, in 1984. The aim was to cut off U.S. funding to nongovernmental organizations that "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning."

Continued at source: NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/05/19/528778797/the-ripple-effect-of-cuts-to-u-s-funds-for-overseas-abortion-services

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Africa: International Agencies Worry US Aid May Be Linked to Abortion Ban

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International Agencies Worry US Aid May Be Linked to Abortion Ban
May 16, 2017
Zoe Leoudaki

A measure called the “Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy” will likely affect the lives of many women in developing countries.

The memorandum was among the first executive orders signed by Donald Trump after he became president of the United States. It changes government policy about the way foreign aid is given to other countries.

With the order, Trump brought back a rule that bans the use of foreign aid by international organizations that support abortion. It is called the Mexico City Policy.

Continued at source: Voice of America: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/global-gag-rule-and-african-women/3849091.html

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Kenya: Every 9 minutes a woman dies needlessly as a result of this illegal process

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Every 9 minutes a woman dies needlessly as a result of this illegal process

Okun Oliech
Sun 30th Apr 2017

Induced abortion is one of the most performed medical interventions in the world. Abortions will always be necessary as a backup even when women use several forms of contraception. Even when using the best methods such as the contraceptive pill or a condom, the chance of failure is 2% each year.

A significant amount of women will most likely face unwanted pregnancy and will provoke an abortion themselves or go to a person without medical training, increasing health risks and the risk of hospitalisation due to complications.

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001238129/every-9-minutes-a-woman-dies-needlessly-as-a-result-of-this-illegal-process

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The Law, Trials and Imprisonment for Abortion in Kenya

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The Law, Trials and Imprisonment for Abortion in Kenya
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28 April 2017
International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

Photo credit: KELIN A photo taken from the 2016 #Justice2Health forum

by Alice E Finden

This report summarises the law and policy on abortion in Kenya and cases of trials and imprisonment for abortion between 2004 and 2017.

“Laws that criminalise abortion but without concomitantly articulating clearly the grounds for lawful abortion… unduly deter healthcare providers from providing health services to women even where abortion is lawful. Equally, such laws create misperceptions about abortion as conduct that is criminal at all times.” (Charles Ngwena) [1]

The above quote sums up perfectly the unresolved state of abortion law in Kenya, and the resulting limited access to safe abortion in the country. Abortion is spoken to by the 1970 Penal Code which criminalises it, and the 2010 Constitution which makes exceptions to this criminalisation. The lack of clarity and transparency with regard to the circumstances in which abortion is legal greatly contributes to Kenya’s high maternal mortality ratio from complications of unsafe abortion.

Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-the-law-trials-and-imprisonment-for-abortion-in-kenya-28-april-2017?e=3fa4c971b0

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Kenya: Woman dies while procuring abortion in Nairobi clinic

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Woman dies while procuring abortion in Nairobi clinic

Thursday March 16 2017

By STELLA CHERONO

The proprietor of a clinic in Kayole, Nairobi County has been arrested after a woman died while procuring an abortion.

The woman is alleged to have gone to the Faith Medical Clinic on Tuesday night to terminate her pregnancy.

She was found lying dead on one of the clinic’s benches Wednesday morning.

Continued at source: Kenya Nation: http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/nairobi/Woman-dies-procuring-abortion-Nairobi-clinic/1954174-3851990-dehip7/

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16-year-old girl dies from unsafe abortion in Kenya: emergency treatment couldn’t save her

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16-year-old girl dies from unsafe abortion in Kenya: emergency treatment couldn’t save her
March 14, 2017
by Safe Abortion

Residents of Nyalenda in Kisumu County are still recovering from a very traumatic incident in which a 16-year-old girl was found by her mother lying in the corridor of her home half dead, vomiting and bleeding profusely from complications of an unsafe abortion.

“Elizabeth” was rushed to the hospital and eventually was able to receive emergency treatment. However, it was too late – her uterus had to be removed because infection had damaged it completely. She later died in the hospital while still undergoing treatment.

This case is just a drop in the ocean of unsafe abortion cases reported in Kisumu County, Kenya.

According to the African Population and Health Research Centre, unsafe abortion remains one of the five leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in Kenya, with 464,690 women having unsafe abortions yearly. More than half of them are unsafe, carried out with herbs, coat hangers, spoons, knitting needles and harmful pharmaceuticals. Some 40-45% of all pregnancies in Kenya are unplanned and almost half of them end in an abortion. Of the country’s eight regions, Nyanza – where “Elizabeth” lived and died – recorded the second highest number of abortion cases at 36,842, with Rift Valley leading at 38,687. The majority of those who have unsafe abortions are young and poor and end up with serious complications or die.

The article calls on the Ministry of Health to take decisive action to protect the health, lives, families, and future of Kenyan women and asks the Government of Kenya to lift its reservations on international laws, such as Section 14(2C) of the Maputo Protocol, that champion protection of women’s reproductive health and rights by authorising safe abortion.

SOURCE: Africa Alive Kenya Chapter, by Michael Okun Oliech , 13 March 2017

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/16-year-old-girl-dies-from-unsafe-abortion-in-kenya-emergency-treatment-couldnt-save-her/

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Kenya: Poor family planning choices can lead to abortion

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Poor family planning choices can lead to abortion
By David Njaaga
Tue 07th Mar 2017

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2001231745/poor-family-planning-choices-can-lead-to-abortion

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Kenya: Having sex education is the only way out

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Having sex education is the only way out

Friday March 3 2017

By SARAH AGUNDA

Non-governmental health organisations in Kenya are alarmed at a decision made thousands of kilometres away that is bound to have devastating consequences on their operations. Recently, US President Donald Trump reinstated a government policy prohibiting granting of American foreign aid to NGOs in developing countries that offer abortion-related services.

This means that any Kenyan and other international organisations that have been receiving US funds for health programmes will now be required to certify that it does not provide abortion services, which include counselling, referrals, information or advocate the liberalisation of abortion laws, even with non-US funds. If a provider fails to sign the ‘global gag rule’, they lose the US funding, donated contraceptives and leadership and technical expertise.

Continued at source: Daily Nation: http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/Opinion/having-sex-education-is-the-only-way-out--after-gag-rule/440808-3836050-14au5gh/

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