In Summary
  • Health CS clarified that the government had lifted the ban on post-abortion care services by Marie Stopes and ordered its full compliance with relevant laws.
  • The law permits abortions only during emergencies and where the life or health of the mother is in danger.
  • CitizenGo accused the KPMDB of colluding with Marie Stopes to continue procuring ‘illegal abortions.’   

A Christian organisation has given Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board (KMPDB) Chairman Prof George Magoha a one-week ultimatum to explain the board’s decision to lift the ban on the provision of abortion services by Marie Stopes clinics.

“On behalf of more than 5,000 people that signed CitizenGo’s petition demanding closure of Marie Stopes, we hereby demand an explanation on why you lifted abortion activities in the clinics. (We also wish to know why) no one was arraigned in a court of law for breaking the Kenyan law within the next seven days,” said the organisation in a letter signed by its Africa Campaigns Manager Ann Kioko.

LIFTED BAN

On November 14, 2018, KMPDB banned the provision of abortion and post-abortion care services by Marie Stopes but the decision was later rescinded in a notice issued by Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki on December 21, 2018.

In her notice, Ms Kariuki clarified that the government had lifted the ban on post-abortion care services by Marie Stopes Kenya and ordered its full compliance with relevant laws.

The CS further directed the company to observe all laws that cover its work, as stated in article 26(4) of the Constitution.

She asked Marie Stopes Kenya to comply with all KMPDB directives, and submit a letter of commitment “that they would not carry out any abortion services on demand.”

REGULAR SUPERVISION

"I require the board to carry out regular supervision of the operations of Marie Stopes Kenya and submit corresponding reports to my office,” added Ms Kariuki.

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