Every year, at least 2,600 women die from unsafe abortion in Kenya, 21,000 more women are hospitalized annually with complications from incomplete and unsafe abortion, whether spontaneous or induced. As grim as these numbers are, they do not capture the number of women killed or disabled by unsafe abortions who never visit a health facility or whose cause of death is not recorded.
These incidents are entirely — and easily — preventable, yet the Kenyan government has done little to address the problem. But there’s a way we can address the problem, and all it takes is starting a conversation.
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Watch the Center for Reproductive Rights new video on abortion in Kenya, and get a conversation started on how to change the odds. vimeo.com/9892391
Did you know that more than 2,600 Kenyan women die from unsafe abortions every year or that another 21k are hospitalized? http://bit.ly/kenyafacts
“They mostly have foreign things inserted. Metal wires, knitting needles…Some drink detergent.” A Kenyan nurse-midwife on methods women use to terminate unwanted pregnancies because of Kenya’s restrictive abortion ban. http://bit.ly/kenyafacts
Fact: With few exceptions, helping a woman in Kenya procure an abortion, providing the abortion, or giving her drugs or poison to terminate a pregnancy is a felony and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. http://bit.ly/kenyafacts
A 2009 report estimated that 12,660 girls were sexually abused by their teachers in Kenya between 2003 and 2007. This doesn’t account for the 90% of cases that are never reported. http://bit.ly/kenyafacts
In Kenya, 37.7% of girls have begun child-bearing by the age of 18, 13% of secondary students had experienced their first pregnancy by age 14. http://bit.ly/kenyafacts
In Kenya, failing to provide women with anesthesia or pain meds before they undergo an abortion is not uncommon. http://bit.ly/kenyafacts Return to top
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No one talks about the thousands of Kenyan wmn who die from unsafe abortion. U can. Watch vdo. Start a convo http://bit.ly/kenyafacts #kenya
Every year more than 2,600 Kenyan women die from unsafe abortions, another 21k r hospitalized. Get the facts http://bit.ly/kenyafacts #kenya Pipes. Knitting needles. Pens. Bleach. Methods used when women r unable 2 safely terminate pregnancy in Kenya http://bit.ly/kenyafacts #kenya W/ few exceptions, providing an abortion in Kenya is a felony &, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. http://bit.ly/kenyafacts #kenya In 2008, 900 million condoms in Kenya lay unused in gov’t stores due 2 lack of funds 4 distribution. http://bit.ly/kenyafacts #kenya In Kenya, an estimated 5.5 million girls between the ages of 15 &, 19 give birth annually http://bit.ly/kenyafacts #kenya
In Kenya, 13,000 girls leave school every year due to pregnancy. http://bit.ly/kenyafacts #kenya Return to top
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