Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman’s right to health

Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman's right to health

Tuesday February 19 2019
By ANN NGIGI

Kenya should focus on the well-being and safety of its women. Women’s sexual and reproductive rights need recognition and active reinforcement, and safe and legal abortion is a positive step in that direction.

Abortions are not permitted in Kenya unless, 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.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Power-to-terminate-pregnancy-key-to-woman-s-right-to-health/440808-4989524-118b6f0z/index.html

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The BBC should treat abortion as a healthcare procedure, not just a plot point for Call the Midwife

The BBC should treat abortion as a healthcare procedure, not just a plot point for Call the Midwife
The BBC, rightly, has links on its website to advice from organisations like Stonewall, Mind and Beat. So why did it refuse to link to abortion advice?

15 February 2019
By Glosswitch, BBC

As the saying goes, you can’t be a little bit pregnant: you’re either gestating a new life at enormous cost and potential risk to your physical and mental wellbeing, or you’re not. As far as this experience goes, there is no middle ground.

Similarly, you’re either in favour of women being forced to remain pregnant against their will, or you’re not. The alternative to safe, legal abortion is not the absence of abortion; it’s the torture of compulsory gestation, or it’s illegal, unsafe abortion. There is no neutral option, no world in which unwanted pregnancies must neither continue nor end.

Continued: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2019/02/bbc-should-treat-abortion-healthcare-procedure-not-just-plot-point-call

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Kenyan activist’s death in botched abortion spotlights ‘killer’ backstreet clinics

Kenyan activist's death in botched abortion spotlights 'killer' backstreet clinics

February 15, 2019
Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of a Kenyan activist due a botched abortion spotlights how thousands of pregnant women and girls are being driven by social stigma and restrictive policies to lose their lives in backstreet clinics, human rights campaigners said on Friday.

Caroline Mwatha disappeared on Feb. 6 in Dandora, a poor neighborhood in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, where she lived and campaigned against the abusive treatment of people in police custody, raising alarm among rights groups.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-women-abortion/kenyan-activists-death-in-botched-abortion-spotlights-killer-backstreet-clinics-idUSKCN1Q42H0

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Kenya – SMSes Carol Mwatha sent to ‘lover’ planning visit to abortion clinic

EXCLUSIVE: SMSes Carol Mwatha sent to ‘lover’ planning visit to abortion clinic

by Nyaboga Kiage
February 14th, 2019

As she writhed in pain due to the unsafe abortion that she had undergone, Ms Carol Mwatha did not stop assuring her alleged lover Alexander Gitau Gikonya that she loved him.

In text messages shared between the two lovers and which detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) believe will assist in the investigations, Ms Mwatha clearly explains that she was five months pregnant by Tuesday last week.

Continued: https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/life/smses-carol-mwatha-sent-to-lover/

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Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

The Associated Press
Published: February 14, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya — An autopsy shows that a Kenyan rights activist, missing for six days before her body was discovered in a city morgue, died from a botched abortion.

Many had feared that Caroline Mwatha’s disappearance and death had to do with her work at the Dandora Social Justice Center which has been documenting illegal police killings and other violations.

Dr. Peter Muriuki, who conducted the autopsy for Mwatha’s family, said she died of excessive bleeding both internally and externally. He said it was a result of a medical intervention removing the fetus.

Police asked a court Thursday to hold six people for 14 days to investigate Mwatha’s death. They include the owner of the clinic where she died. Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless it’s an emergency to save the mother.

Source: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/autopsy-finds-kenyan-right-activist-died-from-bad-abortion/

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Kenya – Fresh details emerge on clinic linked to Caroline Mwatha’s death

Fresh details emerge on clinic linked to Caroline Mwatha's death

Wednesday February 13 2019

By WANJOHI GITHAE and ELIZABETH MERAB

A clinic said to have facilitated a botched abortion on human rights activist Caroline Mwatha in Dandora, Nairobi is not registered, Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) has revealed.

KMPDB chief executive Daniel Yumbya said government officials will visit the clinic for inspection on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Fresh-details-emerge-on-clinic-linked-to-Caroline-Mwatha-s-death/1056-4979560-2h5qj8z/index.html

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Kenya – Missing Dandora activist found dead at City Mortuary

Missing Dandora activist found dead at City Mortuary

Tuesday February 12 2019
By AFP

A human rights activist who went missing a week ago has been found dead at a city mortuary after a botched abortion, police said Tuesday.

Caroline Mwatha was reported missing last week, prompting Amnesty International to raise the alarm over her disappearance, given her work lobbying against extra judicial killings by police.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Caroline-Mwatha-found-dead-from-botched-abortion/1056-4978776-uwkh8z/index.html

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USA – A New Bill Seeks to Enshrine Women’s Reproductive Rights as Human Rights, Period

A New Bill Seeks to Enshrine Women’s Reproductive Rights as Human Rights, Period

Kylie Cheung
Dec 12, 2018

On Monday, five Democrat Congress members celebrated International Human Rights Day by introducing the Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights Act to mandate that the US State Department recognize reproductive rights as global human rights.

The bill, introduced on the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comes after the Trump State Department last year removed findings about reproductive rights from its annual report on global human rights. In introducing this bill, Congress members Barbara Lee, Katherine Clark, Nita Lowey, Lois Frankel, and Eliot Engel aim to make it clear that reproductive rights are human rights and, as such, should be included in all state reports concerning human rights.

Continued: https://www.brit.co/a-new-bill-seeks-to-enshrine-womens-reproductive-rights-as-human-rights-period/

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BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 6, 2018

Despite the restrictions imposed by the law and a socio-cultural context where it remains a taboo subject, abortion is common in Benin where many girls and women practice it in hiding, risking their lives.

Solange, 32, remembers it as if it were yesterday. Pregnant a little over a month while she lives an adventure “without promises” with a man, she does not wish to keep the pregnancy. Already the father of a daughter whom his mother helps him to raise, this man is not ready to take on a second paternity. He cannot afford it, either. Very soon, they come into contact with a young man who puts them in contact with the “doctor” of a private care practice located in Akpakpa, a district of Cotonou. Against 30,000 FCFA, about US$51, the “doctor” helps Solange get rid of the pregnancy. “I do not even know if he was a doctor or not. My only concern at the time was to end this pregnancy,” says Solange today, who has done rather well. “He gave me an injection before “scraping” inside. It did not hurt. We were in a very dimly lit room.”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/benin-alerte-sur-les-avortements-sauvages-alert-on-unsafe-abortions/

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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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