By MARION KITHI
Sat, Dec 18 2021
The number of women and girls from poor and marginalised communities seeking unsafe abortion services from traditional herbalists is on the rise in Kilifi.
According to the just-released report by The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), the use of traditional herbs for pregnancy termination has led to deaths among women and girls in the county.
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?
Unsafe abortion: The problem nobody wants to
By MERCY KAHENDA AND SAADA HASSAN
August 31st 2020
The images still sneak up to her when she least expects. They come unannounced,
and they torture her. Eve never imagined that the process of trying to get rid
of an unplanned baby could leave her with physical and emotional scars that
have refused to go away.
When she speaks of abortion, she whispers. The shame she feels lingers in every
word she utters.
“I get bad dreams and I am haunted by the
act,” she says.
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.
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.
Harsh realities behind the moral debate on abortion
Nov. 22, 2018
By KAGWENI MICHENI
In a dark, nondescript room, the walls caked in spots and smears whose origins she would rather not think about, a young girl sits wringing her hands, waiting for the woman she had been told could help her. She takes one deep breath after another, telling herself it will be okay, there is no other option, she has to be there.
Eventually the door slowly starts to open, bathing the room in light that does nothing other than illuminate the dilapidated hospital bed in the corner.
“You, lie over there!”
Board orders Marie Stopes to stop offering abortion services
Sunday November 18 2018
By ANGELA OKETCH and SONI KANAKE
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) has ordered reproductive services provider Marie Stopes to stop offering any form of abortion services.
In what signals an end to the organisation’s positioning as the go-to facility for women with unwanted pregnancies, Marie Stopes has further been ordered to pull down advertisements that are deemed to be against the rules of medical advertising from its website and other mediums.
At least 1,200 young girls abort in Kenya everyday
Oct 17, 2018
A recent research has revealed over 1, 200 girls aged between 10 and 24 yaers abort daily.
The research also shows at least 7 out of the 1, 200 die daily during and after abortion. It also revealed the government uses KSh 500 million annually to tackle abortion related complications