Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion


What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

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Dangerously cheap: Kenya’s illegal abortions


Nov 20, 2016, Al Jazeera
By Amanda Fisher

An upcoming battle in Kenyan courts could determine future access to safe, legal abortions for women there.

Nairobi, Kenya - In the wood-panelled interior of Nairobi's High Court, a battle is due to begin on December 15 that will determine whether hundreds of thousands of women each year are committing criminal acts.

The issue of abortion in Kenya has been mired in confusion and contention for the past six years.

In 2010, a new constitution was passed, heralded globally as a progressive foundational document for its principles of gender equality in parliament; freedom of media; and formation of an independent Human Rights and Equality Commission to investigate human rights abuses.

The trouble is that much of what was included has met resistance and debate.

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Source: Al Jazeera

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