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.
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.
Kenya lifts ban on Marie Stopes abortion services after warning lives are at risk
Clinics reopen in country where backstreet abortions kill seven women a day and hospitalise 320
Fri 21 Dec 2018
The Kenyan government has lifted a ban preventing the international charity Marie Stopes from providing any abortion services, following warnings the ruling endangered the lives of thousands of women.
The Kenyan ministry of health said on Thursday that an audit of Marie Stopes’ clinics had been completed and that the charity could resume post-abortion care services under “regular supervision”.
Online campaign compels government to lift abortion ban in Marie Stopes clinics
December 20, 2018
The ban on abortions in Marie Stopes clinics has been lifted just hours after Kenyans online pleaded with the Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.
Using the hashtag #DearCSSicilyKariuki, Kenyans on Twitter urged the minister to give a chance to professionally procured abortions and prevent deaths that may occur during backstreet abortions.
Marie Stopes abortion services ban lifted, but with conditions
Thursday December 20 2018
By JILL NAMATSI
Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has lifted the ban on post-abortion care services by Marie Stopes Kenya and ordered its full compliance with relevant laws.
In a statement on Thursday, Ms Kariuki directed the company to observe all laws that cover its work, as stated in article 26(4) of the Constitution.
Abortion in Kenya: Everything you need to know
Author: Pauline Mwabishi
Dec 14, 2018
The ‘Abortion is a Crime’ reggae song is probably one that many of us have heard more than once. The song’s message, which is evident in its title, is that abortion is an act that should be shunned upon. The abortion debate is one that has been going on for a while, not only in Kenya but also worldwide. Various human rights groups, non-governmental organizations, and governments all over the world have not been shy when it comes to stating their stand on abortion. However, what we all ask ourselves when it comes to this topic is, “Is it ethical to legalize abortion?” Let us delve deeper into this debate, mainly using abortion in Kenya as a case study. Read more: https://www.tuko.co.ke/293876-abortion-kenya-everything-know.html#293876
Kenya's Marie Stopes ban may drive more women to unsafe abortions
(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.
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.
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.
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.