December 20, 2018

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) welcomes the Kenyan government’s decision to lift the ban on abortions in Marie Stopes International clinics, and applauds the successful advocacy efforts of our grantee partner Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH).

“TICAH’s online advocacy campaign demonstrates the power of women’s movements,” says IWHC Program Officer Erin Williams. “By mobilizing against the ban on abortion on social media, women made it clear that they will not sit idly by as the government attempts to roll back their rights and access to health care.”

Kenya banned Marie Stopes International—an organization well respected for providing quality, affordable, reproductive health care—from providing abortion and post-abortion care in late November. The decision sparked outrage among the global health community and civil society. Organizations such as TICAH organized under the hashtag #DearCSSicilyKariuki, urging the government to reverse the ban and consider its negative impacts on women’s health and autonomy.

Abortion in Kenya is allowed when the woman’s life or health is in danger. The ban, if continued, would have led to increased unsafe abortions, medical complications, and unnecessary deaths.

Contact: Liza Kane-Hartnett; (+1) 212-801-1260

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