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