3rd December 2022

Ban on post-abortion care in Marie Stopes clinics lifted

Government Called to Prioritize Sexual and Reproductive Health Agenda

The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board has lifted the ban on post-abortion care in Marie Stopes clinics stating that they conduct the procedure in tandem with the law.

Prof. George Magoha, Chairman of KMPDB, however, has cautioned Marie Stopes from offering abortion services on demand.
“The order directing Marie Stopes Kenya to desist from offering post-abortion care services s hereby lifted and Marie Stopes Kenya is instructed to operate within the confines of the Constitution of Kenya,” he said.
Marie Stopes Kenya is also expected to write a letter of commitment to the above order within the next seven days, the statement adds.
Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health in a statement said the MPDB should continuously carry out regular supervision of the operations of Marie Stopes Kenya and to submit reports to her office.
The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya) welcomed the government’s decision stating terming it “A win for the women of Kenya.”
In November Marie Stopes services were suspended for allegedly performing an abortion on underage girls.
In Kenya, Article 26 says abortion is legally permitted when a woman’s health or life is at risk. “Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is a need for emergency treatment or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.”