Kenya bans Marie Stopes from offering abortion services

Kenya bans Marie Stopes from offering abortion services
The authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. The Medical Practitioners Board says it made the decision after investigating complaints that the group’s adverts were promoting abortion. Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless a mother’s health is in danger. Marie Stopes says it operates within the law, offering counselling services including post-abortion care. The head of the government agency in charge of approving adverts, Alfred Mutua, welcomed the ban and accused the previous US government of causing moral decay in Kenya by promoting abortion. Some Kenyans fear the ban could lead to a rise in unsafe back-street abortions. A letter sent from the Medical Practitioners Board to Marie Stopes on Wednesday says: “Marie Stopes Kenya is hereby directed to immediately cease and desist offering any form of abortion services in all its facilities within the republic.” Marie Stopes was also instructed to file a weekly report on all services rendered in its facilities for 60 days.

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