Latest statistics reveal that 7 women die from botched abortions everyday in Kenya.
The issue remains very emotive, with the 1970 Penal Code stated that any person who intended to procure the miscarriage of a woman would be guilty of a felony, liable to imprisonment for 14 years.
It was not until the 2010 Constitution when this was changed with Article 26 (4) stating:
“Abortion is not permitted unless in the opinion of a trained health care professional, if there is need for emergency treatment or the life or health of the mother in in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.”
“My father is a church leader in Eastlands and he is against abortion, I am the last born at only 15 years I got pregnant after getting involved with a certain matatu tout.
Once he realized that I was heavy with child he vanished. A class mate advised me to seek the help of a ‘doctor’ to have the pregnancy taken care of.
Out of fear I decided to tell my parents. My fathers was so furious saying that I had brought shame to the family, so he told my mum that she should ensure I am not pregnant by the next week.”
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Well Mike Mondo, who was sitting in for Maina Kageni posed the question on why women are not given a chance whether to keep a pregnancy or terminate it.
Here is what the fans had to say
“I was only 19 when I got pregnant and my parents asked me to terminate the pregnancy so that I would not tarnish their name.
To be frank I was scared of what their reaction would be. I actually thought they would ask me to keep the baby but I was shocked after they suggested abortion.”
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“My brother-in-law raped me after high school and being the naive girl I was I could not bear the fact of carrying the pregnancy so I terminated it.
I almost lost it, 5 years later the same brother-in-law raped me again, but I decided not to carry out an abortion after the first incident.
It breaks my heart because I have hidden this for the last 5 years and I cannot tell anyone and it is taking a toll on me.
It is a burden to me and my son because I cannot tell him who his father is. I am lucky because I survived and I can talk about it now but so many have died and it’s sad.”
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