KENYA – Health Ministry in the dock as girl’s death from unsafe abortion and poor post-abortion care is announced

FIDA Kenya and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Kenya have been in court this month once again, for the continuation of the case they filed challenging the decision by the Ministry of Health to withdraw the Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity & Mortality from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya 2012 in December 2013. They were also representing a petition on behalf of an adolescent girl called JMM who in 2014, at the age of … Continued

KENYA – High Court reviews the petition for reinstatement of the 2012 Standards and Guidelines

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

KENYA – How unsafe abortion is draining public health money

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

KENYA – Bring back 2012 safe abortion guidelines

“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

KENYA – Global Gag Rule funding cuts starting to kill

  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

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