In Summary
  • Parents said the girls were duped into getting pills, injections and the Norplant.
  • They had demanded the arrest of the Marie Stopes workers and reversal of the procedures.
  • The principal said the Marie Stopes officials came with community health workers and requested to conduct health awareness, guidance and counselling. They said they had been cleared by the county director of education.
  • Senator wants Education ministry to investigate the incident and assure parents of their children's safety in school.

The Catholic Church, leaders and parents in a Catholic school have demanded the arrest of pro-abortion activists who visited a secondary school in Kitui County and administered birth control measures to students without their parents’ consent.

Shocked parents demanded that the birth control procedures be reversed.

BIRTH CONTROL

The activists from Marie Stopes Kenya, an organisation that advocates for women’s rights to have children by choice, visited Archbishop Boniface Lele Secondary School in Mang’elu, Kitui West, on Wednesday as the world celebrated The Day of the Girl Child.

They gave the teenagers birth control medication, including the Norplant – a hormone-infused rod used to prevent pregnancy that is inserted under the skin, normally in the upper arm, and which is effective for up to five years.

The Norplant has side effects, including prolonged and irregular menstrual bleeding, breast pain, vomiting, weight gain, scalp hair loss, among others.

Angry parents told the Nation the girls, who are between 14 and 17 years of age, were duped into taking family planning drugs.

One parent, Mrs Munanie Muusya, said her daughter was given the Norplant and she had withdrawn her from the school for treatment.

HEALTH RISKS

She said that Marie Stopes should be held accountable for any health risks and the school principal held liable for negligence and surrendering the safety of the girls to strangers.

“We are shocked that this was allowed to happen. What those people did will encourage our girls to carelessly engage in unprotected sex and they can easily contract sexually transmitted diseases” Mrs Muusya said.

Ms Harriet Owire, who led the Marie Stopes team, said they only counselled individual students after the main lecture on reproductive health.

She, however, refused to discuss claims that they administered birth control pills.

STUDENT'S SAFETY

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