Kenya’s high court to decide on safe abortion as teenager dies

Kenya's high court to decide on safe abortion as teenager dies

July 12, 2018
Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya’s high court is to decide if the government is responsible for the death of a teenager from a botched backstreet abortion, campaigners said on Thursday, in a case which could see safer abortions for thousands of women in the east African nation.

The girl - known by her initials JMM to protect her identity - was raped in 2014 at the age of 15. On discovering she was pregnant, she had a backstreet abortion that left her with injuries which eventually led to her death last month.


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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.


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Kenya: Health providers must be protected by the law adequately

Health providers must be protected by the law adequately
By Evelyne Opondo
Published Sat, November 4th 2017

On October 19, the Court of Appeal put an end to Jackson Namunya Tali’s nearly nine years in prison. In the momentous decision, the three-judge bench ruled that mere suspicion, however strong, is not probative of an offence in the criminal justice system.

Tali, a trained nurse who operated a clinic in the outskirts of Nairobi, was arrested in 2009 and accused of assisting a woman procure an unsafe abortion that consequently led to her death. Rather than being charged with the offence of unlawful abortion, he was charged with murder, convicted and imprisoned at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

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KENYA- Nurse Jackson Talia acquitted of murdering a woman who died from an unsafe abortion

KENYA- Nurse Jackson Talia acquitted of murdering a woman who died from an unsafe abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 24, 2017

In July 2009, a pregnant woman came to a primary care health clinic in Gachie, Kiambu County, in severe pain and having been bleeding for eight days from a botched abortion. Mr Tali, a nurse at the clinic, tried to help her but determined that she needed to go to a hospital to receive specialized medical attention. However, the woman died in his car as she was being transferred to a higher level facility that could better handle her complications.

Mr Tali was held in custody at the GK Kamiti Maximum Prison from July 2009 until September 2014, when he was finally brought to trial. At trial, the High Court judge found him guilty of helping the young woman obtain an unsafe abortion and sentenced him to death for murder. Although the government pathologist testified that he was unable to find the cause of death, the Court held that there was direct and circumstantial evidence that the immediate cause of death was bleeding that resulted in anaemia due to interference with the pregnancy.

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Kenya: Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

10.19.17 - (PRESS RELEASE) Today the Court of Appeal of Kenya acquitted Jackson Tali, a registered nurse who was arrested and sentenced to death on murder charges.

Mr. Tali, who has been in custody at the G.K Kamiti Maximum Prison since July 2009 was convicted and sentenced to death in September 2014 after a young woman presenting with pregnancy complications at his clinic died in his care. Mr. Tali was represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

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Kenya: Separate Justice Ndung’u abortion opinion from case

Separate Justice Ndung'u abortion opinion from case

Evelyne Opondo
Mon 10th Jul 2017

Recently, the media ran a story about Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung'u allegedly calling on fellow judges to back access to safe abortion in Kenya.

The statement was allegedly made during the annual judges' colloquium that was held in Mombasa last week.

As a follow up, an article was published in The Standard of July 7, 2017, in which a civil society group - the African Organisation for Families - in a petition to the Chief Justice, accused Justice Ndung'u of taking sides in the debate over abortion even though there is an abortion case currently pending in court.

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Deadly backstreet abortions to rise with Trump restrictions, say activists

Deadly backstreet abortions to rise with Trump restrictions, say activists
by Neha Wadekar | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Charity predicts 2.1 million unsafe abortions and 21,700 maternal deaths during Trump's first term

By Neha Wadekar

NAIROBI, Jan 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of women will die from unsafe abortions and millions will have unwanted pregnancies following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to ban U.S.-funded groups from discussing abortion, activists said on Tuesday.

Trump reinstated the so-called global gag rule on Monday, affecting American non-governmental organizations working abroad, to signal his opposition to abortion, which is difficult to access legally in many developing countries due to restrictive laws, stigma and poverty.

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Kenya: What situations allow for ending pregnancy early

Nov. 28, 2016
By JOHN MUCHANGI, @jomunji, Kenya Star

The Constitution does not permit abortion but provides an exception.

Article 26(4) allows abortion if 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, or if permitted by any other written law.

This is an advancement from the old constitution which only allowed abortion to protect the pregnant woman’s life.

Evelyne Opondo, the regional director for Africa at the Nairobi-based Centre for Reproductive Rights, says Kenyan women are yet to benefit from the new law. She says thousands of women continue to die in illegal, unsafe abortion procedures.

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Source: Kenya Star

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