Kenya’s Marie Stopes ban may drive more women to unsafe abortions

Kenya's Marie Stopes ban may drive more women to unsafe abortions

12/2/2018

(MENAFN - The Conversation) The Kenyan Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board has stopped the NGO Marie Stopes International from performing abortions in Kenya. Marie Stopes is a global organisation that provides contraception and safe abortion to women in urban and rural communities. Abortion is illegal in Kenya, unless a trained medical professional judges that there's a need for emergency treatment, or that a woman's life or health is in danger.

The Conversation Africa's Moina Spooner spoke to Michael Mutua about the Marie Stopes ban and its implications.

Continued: https://menafn.com/1097774793/Kenyas-Marie-Stopes-ban-may-drive-more-women-to-unsafe-abortions

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Kenya – Abortion: Rights group sues ministry, officials over Marie Stopes ban

Abortion: Rights group sues ministry, officials over Marie Stopes ban

Dec. 01, 2018
By LILLIAN MUTAVI

The Centre for Reproductive Rights on Friday sued the Ministry of Health and other state officials over the recent ban on Marie Stopes over safe abortions.

The lobby group filed a suit against the CS for Health, the Director of Medical Services, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, the Kenya Film and Classification Board and its CEO Ezekiel Mutua.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/01/abortion-rights-group-sues-ministry-officials-over-marie-stopes-ban_c1859353

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Campaigners in Kenya challenge Marie Stopes abortion ban in court

Campaigners in Kenya challenge Marie Stopes abortion ban in court

30 November 2018
By Nita Bhalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation

NAIROBI - A human rights group on Friday challenged the Kenyan government in court over banning international charity Marie Stopes from providing abortion services, saying the move would drive thousands of women and girls to backstreet clinics.

Kenyan authorities directed Marie Stopes to suspend offering abortions and post-abortion care on Nov. 14, after complaints its media campaign was promoting the termination of unwanted pregnancies - a charge the charity denies.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/campaigners-in-kenya-challenge-marie-stopes-abortion-ban-in-court-18336919

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Kenya – Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’

Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’
(3-minute podcast)

Nov 28, 2018

Authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. Marie Stopes says it operates within the law, offering counselling services including post-abortion care. But there are now fears the ban might prompt more women to undergo unsafe back-alley abortions. Beatrice became pregnant while she was still in high school. This is her story. You may find some of what she says distressing.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06t10t2

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What’s driving high pregnancy rates in Kenyan schools

What's driving high pregnancy rates in Kenyan schools

November 26, 2018
by Michael Mutua, The Conversation

During Kenya's national schools exams, an alarming number of girls were reported to be pregnant or in labour, and so couldn't take the exam. In just one county, 72 girls taking the exams were pregnant while 38 gave birth before the test. The Conversation Africa's Moina Spooner asked Michael Mutua to shed light on why so many girls are falling pregnant and what measures there are to support them.

What is the prevalence of pregnancy in schools in Kenya?

Cases of pregnancy among young girls is high. Teen pregnancy and motherhood rates stand at 18%. About one in every five adolescent girls (aged 15 to 19) has either had a live birth, or is pregnant with her first child. Rates increase with age: from 3% among girls at 15 years old, to 40% among girls at 19 years.

Continued: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-11-high-pregnancy-kenyan-schools.html

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Kenya – Marie Stopes clinics still open, says director

Marie Stopes clinics still open, says director

By Citizen Reporter For Citizen Digital
Published on: November 25, 2018

Marie Stopes has suspended abortion services as ordered by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB).

In a statement issued on Sunday, the organization, however, said it remains open and will continue offering essential family planning, maternal health and general medical services.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/news/marie-stopes-clinics-still-open-says-director-220684/

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Kenya – One in four women aborting calls for sincere dialogue

One in four women aborting calls for sincere dialogue

Nov. 22, 2018
By FRANK MUCHUGU

In Kenya, one in every four women has had an abortion. Another study shows that of the women who had severe complications after abortions, 45 per cent were teenagers.

The estimates comprise those reported within the healthcare system, so the number could be much higher. An estimated 2,600 women die from unsafe abortions annually. This works out to an estimated seven women and girls dying every day, making unsafe abortions one of the major causes of maternal deaths in Kenya today.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/11/22/one-in-four-women-aborting-calls-for-sincere-dialogue_c1853679

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Kenya – EDITORIAL: Closing down Marie Stopes is defeatist

EDITORIAL: Closing down Marie Stopes is defeatist

Nov. 22, 2018
By STAR EDITOR

The government has threatened to close down Marie Stopes clinics if they are found to be conducting abortions — whether at the request of a patient or as permitted by the law.

This move is defeatist as tens of women each day will continue seeking abortion services, whether Marie Stopes is closed down or not.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/11/22/editorial-closing-down-marie-stopes-is-defeatist_c1854340

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Kenya – Harsh realities behind the moral debate on abortion

Harsh realities behind the moral debate on abortion

Nov. 22, 2018
By KAGWENI MICHENI

In a dark, nondescript room, the walls caked in spots and smears whose origins she would rather not think about, a young girl sits wringing her hands, waiting for the woman she had been told could help her. She takes one deep breath after another, telling herself it will be okay, there is no other option, she has to be there.

Eventually the door slowly starts to open, bathing the room in light that does nothing other than illuminate the dilapidated hospital bed in the corner.

“You, lie over there!”

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/11/22/harsh-realities-behind-the-moral-debate-on-abortion_c1854140

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Kenya – Atheists fault medical practitioners for abortion ban

Atheists fault medical practitioners for abortion ban

November 21, 2018
NYABOGA KIAGE

The group is now calling on the board to consider ensuring that abortion drugs are administered to pregnant girls by unlicensed medical practitioners.

Atheists in Kenya (AIK) have faulted the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) for banning abortions at Marie Stopes.

The group has further termed the ban on abortion as misguided and regrettable, insisting that abortion is common in the country.

Continued: https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/atheists-medical-practitioners-abortion-ban/

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