Marie Stopes Kenya is one of the largest reproductive health organizations in Kenya that offers abortions. This organization was founded in 1985 and is well known in Kenya for providing family planning services, post-abortion counseling and safe abortion as well. One of their favorite slogans is that children should be had by choice, not by chance.
However, abortion is illegal in Kenya unless the life of the mother is in danger. Marie Stopes helps pregnant women to perform safe abortions. This is one of the services that has raised a lot of concern from the public and the government as well.
Government bans Marie Stopes Kenya from performing safe abortions
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union asked Marie Stopes Kenya through a letter to stop offering safe abortion services. They were also told to remove advertisements that went against the Kenyan Medical advertising rules.
One of their ads on social media and radio was about how they offer confidential services to those who experience an unplanned pregnancy. They were also ordered to file a weekly report regarding their services in 60 days.
Marie Stopes obeys government order
Maries Stopes Kenya confirmed that they had withdrawn those services due to public pressure.
“We can confirm that Marie Stopes Kenya has suspended safe abortions services at the request of Kenyan Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board,” the statement said.