Kenyan mother sues government for denying safe access to abortion following daughter’s botched backstreet procedure
- The 15-year-old girl sought the abortion following her rape by an older man, but complications arose that have led to ongoing health complications.
- While abortion is permitted in cases of emergencies involving maternal health under Kenya’s 2010 constitution, the state has banned training for government healthcare providers and harassed and charged other doctors.
- Unsafe abortions account for 35% of maternal deaths in Kenya (well above the 13% global average), with around 2,600 women per year dying in hospitals after having attempted to get an abortion elsewhere.
“The Kenyan government is allowing thousands of women in Kenya to needlessly die or suffer severe complications every year due to unsafe abortion, and it must be held accountable.”
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