Even though abortion is legal under certain circumstances in Kenya, since 2013, the country’s Ministry of Health has prevented health care providers from receiving training on abortion services. This has left women without the care they need and deserve.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) quoted a report from the Center that found that seven Kenyan women and girls die every day from unsafe abortion. Martin Onyango, the Center’s senior legal adviser for Africa, commented on the deadly impacts of Kenya’s Ministry of Health’s decision to obstruct abortion access. Onyango told AFP, “The ministry’s decision was not based on scientific evidence, it was made against that evidence, evidence which was gathered by the ministry itself.”
- Read the full article here: AFP: Abortion stigma a possible death sentence for Kenyan women.
- Read the Center’s report on unsafe abortion in Kenya: Lives at stake as more Kenyan women and girls opt for unsafe abortion despite constitutional protections.