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REDUCED UNSAFE ABORTIONS

High Court ruling on abortion will reduce maternal deaths

Ruling should reduce the seven lives lost daily to unsafe abortion and diseases from unsafe methods

In Summary

• Guidelines on safe abortion were withdrawn without consultations. 

• Ruling should reduce diseases arising from unsafe abortion and the stigma associated with it. 

The post-abortion care pocket guide approved by the Ministry of Health
LAUDABLE RULING: The post-abortion care pocket guide approved by the Ministry of Health
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The decision by the High Court to reinstate the 2012 safe abortion guidelines will reduce cases of unsafe abortion and improve maternal health in Kenya.

It allows a woman whose life is at risk as a result of pregnancy to seek medical assistance to terminate it. We should note safe abortion guidelines were withdrawn without consultations. Consultations should, therefore, bring everyone on board; medical practitioners, youths and the ministries of Education and Health.

We should see a reduction of the seven lives lost daily to unsafe abortion.

Naya Kenya