The case is about the reinstatement of the Standards and Guidelines on Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya, which was heard from 22–24 May by a five-judge bench at the High Court of Kenya at Milimani in Nairobi, in the Judicial Review Division. The Standards and Guidelines were first published by the Ministry of Health in September 2012. They included up-to-date guidance based on the 2012 WHO Safe Abortion Guidance, and … Continued
According to report recently released in Kenya, entitled The Costs of Treating Unsafe Abortion Complications in Public Health Facilities in Kenya, there were 464,690 abortions in the country in 2012, most of which were unsafe. Of the total, 119,912 – more than one in four – sought treatment for complications, of whom 75,581 were treated in public health facilities. The report was researched and published by the African Population and Health Research Center in collaboration … Continued
“Laws that criminalise abortion but without concomitantly articulating clearly the grounds for lawful abortion… unduly deter healthcare providers from providing health services to women even where abortion is lawful. Equally, such laws create misperceptions about abortion as conduct that is criminal at all times.” (Charles Ngwena, 2013. Reforming African abortion laws to achieve transparency: arguments from equality. African Journal of International and Comparative Law 2013:21(3):398-426.) Background The above quote sums up perfectly the unresolved state … Continued
It’s been 10 years, but Melvine Ouyo remembers the girl well – a 15-year-old who came into the clinic on the verge of death. She was in shock, suffering from an infection developed after an unsafe abortion. “They had to remove the whole uterus to be able to save the life of this girl,” Ouyo said. Age 27 at the time, Ouyo was a nurse-in-training. Now, she in the Clinic Director at Family Health … Continued
In July 2009, a pregnant woman came to a primary care health clinic in Gachie, Kiambu County, in severe pain and having been bleeding for eight days from a botched abortion. Mr Tali, a nurse at the clinic, tried to help her but determined that she needed to go to a hospital to receive specialized medical attention. However, the woman died in his car as she was being transferred to a higher level facility that … Continued
Young women and girls in Kenya face challenges in access to abortion care services. Using in-depth and focus group interviews, we explored providers’ constructions of these challenges. In general, providers considered abortion to be commonplace in Kenya; reported being regularly approached to offer abortion-related care and services; and articulated the structural, contextual, and personal challenges they faced in serving young post-abortion care (PAC) patients.
TICAH, Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, in Nairobi is kindly requesting signatures on their petition to call on Supreme Court Chief Justice David Maraga to support Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu’s call to the judges to clarify the clause in the Constitution on abortion in Kenya.
The policy means cuts to programs like the one run by Monica Oguttu, who founded the Kisumu Medical and Education Trust to help poor women get health care and education in the country’s third largest city. The trust had been scheduled to receive a total of $2 million from USAID from 2017 to 2021, around 56% of its budget. It now expects to lose all its US funding. Oguttu founded the organization after discovering … Continued
This report summarises the law and policy on abortion in Kenya and cases of trials and imprisonment for abortion between 2004 and 2017.
On 13 March 2017, we reported the death of a 16-year-old girl from an unsafe abortion. On 16 March, the proprietor of a clinic in Kayole, Nairobi County, was arrested after a woman died in his clinic, the Faith Medical Clinic. She is alleged to have gone there the evening of 14 March, to terminate a pregnancy. She was found lying dead on one of the clinic’s benches the next morning. She was 30 years … Continued