Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman’s right to health

Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman's right to health

Tuesday February 19 2019
By ANN NGIGI

Kenya should focus on the well-being and safety of its women. Women’s sexual and reproductive rights need recognition and active reinforcement, and safe and legal abortion is a positive step in that direction.

Abortions are not permitted in Kenya unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is a need for emergency treatment or the life or health of the mother is in danger.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Power-to-terminate-pregnancy-key-to-woman-s-right-to-health/440808-4989524-118b6f0z/index.html

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Kenya – Facts about abortion that many don’t know about

Facts about abortion that many don’t know about

By Esther Muchene
15th Feb 2019

The country is still reeling from the death of human’s right defender Caroline Mwatha following a botched abortion at New Njiru Community Center in Dandora.

According to Peter Ndegwa, an independent pathologist, the activist died as a result of excessive bleeding from a ruptured uterus. Mwatha had a five to six month old male foetus that was badly mutilated.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2001313202/facts-about-abortion-that-many-don-t-know-about

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Kenyan activist’s death in botched abortion spotlights ‘killer’ backstreet clinics

Kenyan activist's death in botched abortion spotlights 'killer' backstreet clinics

February 15, 2019
Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of a Kenyan activist due a botched abortion spotlights how thousands of pregnant women and girls are being driven by social stigma and restrictive policies to lose their lives in backstreet clinics, human rights campaigners said on Friday.

Caroline Mwatha disappeared on Feb. 6 in Dandora, a poor neighborhood in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, where she lived and campaigned against the abusive treatment of people in police custody, raising alarm among rights groups.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-women-abortion/kenyan-activists-death-in-botched-abortion-spotlights-killer-backstreet-clinics-idUSKCN1Q42H0

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Kenya – SMSes Carol Mwatha sent to ‘lover’ planning visit to abortion clinic

EXCLUSIVE: SMSes Carol Mwatha sent to ‘lover’ planning visit to abortion clinic

by Nyaboga Kiage
February 14th, 2019

As she writhed in pain due to the unsafe abortion that she had undergone, Ms Carol Mwatha did not stop assuring her alleged lover Alexander Gitau Gikonya that she loved him.

In text messages shared between the two lovers and which detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) believe will assist in the investigations, Ms Mwatha clearly explains that she was five months pregnant by Tuesday last week.

Continued: https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/life/smses-carol-mwatha-sent-to-lover/

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Kenya – Fresh details emerge on clinic linked to Caroline Mwatha’s death

Fresh details emerge on clinic linked to Caroline Mwatha's death

Wednesday February 13 2019

By WANJOHI GITHAE and ELIZABETH MERAB

A clinic said to have facilitated a botched abortion on human rights activist Caroline Mwatha in Dandora, Nairobi is not registered, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) has revealed.

KMPDB chief executive Daniel Yumbya said government officials will visit the clinic for inspection on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Fresh-details-emerge-on-clinic-linked-to-Caroline-Mwatha-s-death/1056-4979560-2h5qj8z/index.html

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Kenya – Caroline Mwatha’s family fear ‘abortion’ cover-up

Caroline Mwatha's family fear 'abortion' cover-up

Wednesday February 13 2019
Anna Kathathi

The family of a Kenyan activist who went missing for a week before turning up dead, have questioned police claims she died of a botched abortion, and demanded a post-mortem .

Caroline Mwatha went missing last Wednesday, prompting Amnesty International to raise the alarm over her disappearance, given her sensitive work lobbying against extra-judicial killings by police.

continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Caroline-Mwatha-family-fear-abortion-cover-up/1056-4980062-72p35b/index.html

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Kenya – Missing Dandora activist found dead at City Mortuary

Missing Dandora activist found dead at City Mortuary

Tuesday February 12 2019
By AFP

A human rights activist who went missing a week ago has been found dead at a city mortuary after a botched abortion, police said Tuesday.

Caroline Mwatha was reported missing last week, prompting Amnesty International to raise the alarm over her disappearance, given her work lobbying against extra judicial killings by police.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Caroline-Mwatha-found-dead-from-botched-abortion/1056-4978776-uwkh8z/index.html

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USA – I’ve witnessed the devastating effects of Trump’s global gag rule. Congress must act.

I’ve witnessed the devastating effects of Trump’s global gag rule. Congress must act.

By Melvine P. Ouyo
February 8, 2019

First, do no harm.

It’s a principle that has stood the test of thousands of years of practicing medicine. A principle that transcends politics and partisanship and cuts to the core of what medical providers do every day: provide. Help people.

Continued; https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/08/ive-witnessed-devastating-effects-trumps-global-gag-rule-congress-must-act/?utm_term=.01b4c98e682c

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Kenya – Condoms, abortions, LGBT rights: Controversial cases filed in court this year

Condoms, abortions, LGBT rights: Controversial cases filed in court this year

Jan. 02, 2019
By ANNETTE WAMBULWA

As the year ends, there are several cases which stand out having been filed in court which have caught the eye of the public and have been a trending topic on all social media platforms.

The recent ban of abortion at the Maries Stopes Clinics countrywide drew mixed reactions on social media with some supporting the move and the other half condemning the decision.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019/01/02/condoms-abortions-lgbt-rights-controversial-cases-filed-in-court-this_c1864071

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Kenya – Why government lifted Marie Stopes abortion ban

Why government lifted Marie Stopes abortion ban

Dec. 24, 2018
By GORDON OUKO

Marie Stopes clinics has complied with conditions set by the government for it to provide abortion services in the country.

The conditions, which are aimed at stiffening the regulation of reproductive health services in the country, were issued by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board on November 14.

Citing safety risks, the board imposed a ban restricting the reproductive health clinic from conducting abortions in the country.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/24/why-government-lifted-marie-stopes-abortion-ban_c1869632

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