In Summary
  • According to the Bill, termination of the pregnancy is subjected to tough conditions which must be approved by the trained and licensed medic.

  • The termination of pregnancies will be done in selected health facilities across the county.

Pregnant women seeking to terminate their pregnancies in Nakuru County will be required to make a written consent, if the Nakuru County Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Bill 2019 is passed by the assembly.

The Bill targets women who visit health facilities in the region. However, most women seek services from private and illegal health facilities.

The Bill, which is expected to generate a lot of debate, was read for the second time in the House on November 6.

According to the Bill, termination of the pregnancy is subjected to tough conditions which must be approved by the trained and licensed medic.

RISK

“A pregnancy may be terminated if a trained and licensed healthcare provider, after consultation with the pregnant woman, is of the opinion that the pregnancy would pose a risk of injury to the woman’s life or health,” read Section 6(1) of the Bill.

The Bill further states that the pregnancy may also be terminated if healthcare providers are satisfied that there exists a substantial risk to the foetus.

 “The pregnancy resulting from rape or defilement of a minor, as defined in the Sexual Offence Act may also be terminated,” reads the Bill.

The Bill states that a statement by a pregnant woman to the medical practitioner or verbal, written or audio statement from the practitioner on the report of the incident is adequate to prove that her pregnancy is as a result of sexual assault.

However, in all circumstances, a woman shall be guided, counselled and provided with all options available including adoption of the baby.

The termination of pregnancies will be done in selected health facilities across the county.

BACKSTREET ABORTIONS

 “The termination of the pregnancy shall only be carried out by a licensed healthcare provider in a facility authorised by the Medical and Dentist Practitioners’ Board, Clinical Officers Council, or the Nursing Council of Kenya or any other relevant authority responsible for licensing health facilities,” reads the Bill.

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