Kenya – Medical Association Raises Alarm Over Fatalities Linked To Unsafe Abortions

By ROSEMARY ONCHARI
June 17, 2021

KISII, Kenya, Jun 17 – The Kenya Medical Association (KMA) has sounded a warning over rising fatalities linked to unsafe abortions in Kenya.

Speaking during the 48th KMA Annual conference in Kisii, the association’s President Dr Andrew Were said 5,000 maternal deaths related to unsafe abortions were recorded in the country in a year.

Continued:  https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2021/06/medical-association-raises-alarm-over-fatalities-linked-to-unsafe-abortions/


Tricked and uninformed: why so many young girls in Kenya are getting pregnant

May 30, 2021
Anthony Idowu Ajayi

The rate of early unintended pregnancy in Kenya is shockingly high. About one in five girls between the ages of 15 and 19 have begun having children. It’s worse in some areas than others. For instance, the rate is as high as two in five in Narok and Homa Bay counties. Most of these pregnancies are unplanned and unintended.

Getting pregnant at such a young age can harm a girl’s health and socioeconomic wellbeing.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/tricked-and-uninformed-why-so-many-young-girls-in-kenya-are-getting-pregnant-161098


Kenya – Comprehensive Sexuality Education Is Vital To All!

MAY 26, 2021 
By Alvin Mwangi, Ghetto Radio

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a lot of adolescents and young people remain and stay in homes. It is saddening that everyday we hear of injustices that adolescents and young people in all our diversities are going through in Kenya.

Access and enjoyment to the highest standard of health care is important to all adolescents and young people including the “left behind”, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, persons who inject drugs, young people from marginalized areas.

Continued: https://ghettoradio.co.ke/comprehensive-sexuality-education-is-vital-to-all/


There’s need to sensitise, train healthcare providers on emergency abortion services

May 19, 2021
By Evelyn Odhiambo

African laws largely restrict abortion with only 3 countries; Tunisia, Zambia, and South Africa where abortion is broadly permitted even upon a woman’s request.

In many African countries, abortion is restricted with a provision like: when the life of the mother is in danger or case of an emergency. Kenya is among the many African countries where abortion restricted under article 26 (4) of the 2010 constitution.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/blogs/opinion-theres-need-to-sensitise-healthcare-providers-on-emergency-abortion-services-11490299/


Kenya – Teen pregnancy is a menace destroying the future young girls and needs to be addressed

By Doris Kathia and Purity Nthiana
May 1, 2021

Globally there are 214 million women with an unmet need for contraception. The unmet need for family planning remains high in Kenya with about one in four married women not able to access contraceptives.

Only three in every 10 adolescents and young women are using a modern contraceptive method.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/blogs/opinion-teen-pregnancy-is-a-menace-destroying-the-future-young-girls-and-needs-to-be-addressed-10889314/


Time to stop sacrificing lives of Kenyan women and girls at the altar of religious fundamentalism

April 29, 2021
By Venoranda Kuboka, Josephine Achieng and Maureen Kemunto

We don’t talk about religious fundamentalism enough, especially its negative effects on the rights, health and dignity of women in Kenya.

Religious fundamentalism is one of the most pervasive social maladies in Kenyan today, especially to the lives of women because it has stigmatized, restricted and criminalized access to essential reproductive health services.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/blogs/opinion-time-to-stop-sacrificing-lives-of-kenyan-women-and-girls-at-the-altar-of-religious-fundamentalism-10798167/


Kenya – Timely conversation on reviewing age of consent

For Citizen Digital
Published on:  April 21, 2021
By Dr. Stellah Bosire

The controversial debate on age of consent, an emotive matter, recently arose again as I responded to various queries on the relevance of legal reforms in Kenya.

At the crux of this question is the unjust, unnecessary and unrealistic legal statutes which impose harsh and unfair consequences on adolescent young boys engaged in consensual, romantic sexual activity with their adolescent peers. The legal provisions that exist do not appreciate the fact that young adolescents engage in such relationships, and in the eyes of the law, the boy — under the age of 18 years — is culpable of defilement.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/blogs/opinion-timely-conversation-on-reviewing-age-of-consent-10369657/


Kenya – 15-year-old minor arrested for throwing foetus in pit latrine

3 out of 4 abortions that occurred in Africa and Latin America were unsafe.

by NANCY AGUTU, Senior Digital Reporter
08 April 2021

A 15-year-old minor has been arrested after procuring an abortion in Kabartonjo in Baringo county.

DCI director George Kinoti said detectives rescued the foetus from the verge of death after the minor threw it in the toilet.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2021-04-08-15-year-old-minor-arrested-for-throwing-foetus-in-pit-latrine/


In Kenya, abortion focus obscures legislation towards safe reproductive healthcare services

Tagged “the abortion bill”, the Reproductive Healthcare bill of 2019 is, in fact a comprehensive document

Written by Laila Le Guen
Posted 30 March 2021

Reproductive rights in Kenya is an intimate and emotive topic where hard lines have been drawn on both sides. Pro- and anti-abortion campaigners keep cycling through episodes of heightened attention when high-profile cases arise and passions continue to run high. Meanwhile, the country registers numbers of unsafe abortions that are among the highest in Africa. Maternal mortality is high at about 6,000 deaths per year, 17 per cent of them from complications of unsafe abortion.

Limited legal recourse to access termination of pregnancy is a potential compromise that remains contested, leaving the two camps with a status quo that seems hard to shake off. What's at stake on both ends of this fiercely debated issue?

Continued: https://globalvoices.org/2021/03/30/in-kenya-abortion-campaigners-obscure-legislation-towards-safe-reproductive-healthcare-services/


The pandemic has caused as many as 1.4 million unintended pregnancies. Here’s how that impacts women’s lives.

Abigail Higgins, The Lily
Mar. 22, 2021

When the world ground to a halt a year ago, millions of women saw their contraceptive supplies dry up and their routes to replenish them cut off.

New research by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) found that 12 million women couldn’t get the family planning services they needed, leading to an estimated 1.4 million unintended pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.thelily.com/the-pandemic-has-caused-as-many-as-14-million-unintended-pregnancies-heres-how-that-impacts-womens-lives/