Kenya – Safe abortion case puts Health ministry on the spot

Safe abortion case puts Health ministry on the spot

By Dzuya Walter For Citizen Digital
July 11, 2018

Fida Kenya and the Centre for Reproductive Rights are challenging the decision taken by the ministry saying it’s a violation of women rights. They further argue that the affected women are forced to seek abortion care from quacks and face serious risks of damage to their health and others lead to death. The lobby groups insist that it is important that the Ministry advises when health workers should provide safe and legal abortion.

The Ministry of Health has said it is in the process of getting new guidelines on safe abortion. According to Dr. Joel Gondi, Head of the Reproductive and Maternal Health Service Union, the government’s primary focus is to preserve life and reduce maternal morbidity.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/news/safe-abortion-case-puts-health-ministry-on-the-spot-206518/

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Teenager at centre of Kenyan court case over botched abortion has died

Teenager at centre of Kenyan court case over botched abortion has died
Family of raped teenager are demanding government reissues guidance on safe terminations after crackdown puts lives at risk

Rebecca Ratcliffe
Tue 10 Jul 2018

A teenager whose botched abortion was at the centre of a high court case in Kenya has died.

The girl, who was raped aged 14 and then left with horrific injuries after a backstreet termination, had been the subject of a controversy over whether the Kenyan government was to blame for her death.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jul/10/high-court-kenya-government-girls-death-after-botched-abortion

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465,000 illegal abortions performed annually in Kenya

465,000 illegal abortions performed annually in Kenya
Written By: Hallyghan Agade
July 9, 2018

It is estimated that approximately 465,000 illegal abortions are performed in Kenya each year by untrained people.

Center for Reproductive Rights-CRC further says that one out of three girls under the age of 18 experience sexual violence and over 40 percent of pregnancies are unintentional.

However, health practitioners and health rights advocates are blaming Government and religious organizations saying that they are the greatest impediment to advocacy and information regarding Reproductive Health Rights in the country.

Continued: http://www.kbc.co.ke/465000-illegal-abortions-are-carried-out-annually-in-kenya/

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The Effects of the Global Gag Rule Are Being Felt Everywhere

The Effects of the Global Gag Rule Are Being Felt Everywhere

Jul 2, 2018
Melvine Ouyo & Alexa Henderson

In Kenya, desperate pregnant women and girls who lack access to safe medical care because of funding cuts under Trump’s global gag rule are turning to "curtain clinics” to terminate their pregnancies. Such clinics are run by people who aren’t nurses or doctors.

The fallout of Trump’s global gag rule is upon us. Not a single week passes in Kenya without devastating media reports documenting how patients are going without needed reproductive health care and medical intervention thanks to the U.S. policy restricting funds to international clinics that discuss pregnancy termination regardless of the circumstance. The global gag rule is forcing health providers to either ignore that challenge or lose desperately needed aid for other services.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/07/02/effects-global-gag-rule-felt-everywhere/

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Kenya – Girl, 15, remanded for procuring an abortion in Baringo

Girl, 15, remanded for procuring an abortion in Baringo

By William Sawe For Citizen Digital
June 28, 2018

An Eldama Ravine court has remanded a 15-year-old girl for allegedly procuring abortion on a six-month-old fetus.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judicaster Nthuku also ordered the arrest of the man responsible for the pregnancy of the minor.

The Class 7 pupil is accused of procuring an abortion at her Molo Sirwe home in Mogotio Sub County.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/news/girl-15-remanded-for-procuring-an-abortion-in-eldama-ravine-205304/

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Kenya – Student dies while procuring an abortion at a back street clinic

Student dies while procuring an abortion at a back street clinic

by Munene Kamau
Published Thu, June 21st 2018

A secondary school girl has died during a botched abortion as her mother watched at a back street clinic in Sagana town, Kirinyaga County.

The mother on seeing her daughter who was on a midterm holiday pass on in the hands of the suspected quack fled from the clinic and went into hiding according to the police.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001284936/student-dies-while-procuring-an-abortion-at-a-back-street-clinic

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Trump’s Ban On Funding For Overseas Abortions Has Some Little-Known Exceptions

Trump's Ban On Funding For Overseas Abortions Has Some Little-Known Exceptions

June 13, 2018
Nurith Aizenman

It was one of Donald Trump's first acts as President: a Jan. 23, 2017 executive order that cuts off U.S. support to foreign groups unless they promise not to "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning." This includes providing patients with referrals or information about the procedure, even if those activities are funded by non-U.S. government sources.

Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has adopted a variant of the "Mexico City policy" — so called after the city where it was first announced. And every Democratic successor has reversed it.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/13/616906884/trumps-ban-on-funding-for-overseas-abortions-has-some-little-known-exceptions

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Reality Check: Year One Impact of Trump’s Global Gag Rule

Reality Check: Year One Impact of Trump’s Global Gag Rule
Jun 6, 2018

Click to view the full report [PDF]

Executive Summary

On January 23, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “Global Gag Rule.” President Trump’s implementation plan for the expanded policy, called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” was announced in May 2017. The policy states that any foreign nongovernmental organization that takes US global health funds must certify that they do not engage in certain abortion-related activities, including providing abortion services, information, counseling and referrals, and advocating to expand access to safe abortion services. The Global Gag Rule applies to what organizations do with their own non-US government funds and forces health care providers to choose between providing a comprehensive spectrum of reproductive health care and receiving critical US funding. Trump’s Global Gag Rule expands a bad policy enacted by previous Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan, but now implicating almost $9 billion in US foreign assistance and affecting many organizations that had not previously had to comply with it.

Continued: https://iwhc.org/resources/reality-check-year-one-trump-global-gag-rule/

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Kenya – Lack of information on sex leaves young people vulnerable

Lack of information on sex leaves young people vulnerable

Saturday June 2 2018

Let’s talk about sex.

That is the one statement that makes many parents cringe while others run for holy water and call a priest.

But the reality is that, by the time they turn 19, the majority of Kenyan youth have already had their sexual debut.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Lack-of-information-on-sex/440808-4591098-vaqs8p/index.html

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Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on

Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on

By Akello Odenyo
Published Mon, May 28th 2018

Rose Otieno was seated behind her desk at the clinic flipping through a newspaper when a familiar face on the obituary section caught her attention. As she read through the obituary, details of the familiar face became clearer. “The picture on the obituary wasn’t anything close to the face she wore the last time I saw Elizabeth,” recounted Otieno.

Otieno, a healthcare service provider, said Elizabeth (second name withheld to save family members from embarrassment) had walked into her clinic two weeks earlier, explaining that she wanted to terminate her eight-week pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001281972/360-women-in-kenya-procure-abortion-daily

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