Implement Existing Laws and Policies on Abortion

BY Steff Musho —

Sarah Nduta* (not her real name) recently sought an abortion. Instead, she endured a traumatic experience where she lost huge amounts of blood and gained an infection that ravaged her body. She needed a blood transfusion to save her life. Sarah got a second chance at life, but not many Kenyan women are as lucky. A study conducted by Marie Stopes and the Ministry of Health in Kenya showed that 2,600 women die annually from unsafe abortions. This translates to seven deaths a day. Women are resorting to inserting foreign objects such as plastics, screwdrivers and metal hangers into their private parts, in an attempt to perforate the amniotic sac and terminate the pregnancy.