Access to comprehensive abortion care will avert maternal deaths
Category : Naya Blog
Globally 220 million women would like to prevent or delay pregnancy but have no access to contraception. As a result 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place annually resulting in the permanent injury of 5 million women and the death of approximately 48,000 women annually.
In Kenya unsafe abortion has long been recognized as a leading cause of death and injury to women. According to the ministry of health, unsafe abortion accounts for 25% of maternal deaths in Kenya.
Abortion need not to be unsafe. Safe abortion can and should be available and accessible to women to the full extent that the Kenyan law allows.
Article 26(4) of the 2010 Kenya constitution states that- Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.
Even under circumstances where it is permitted to save the life or health of the mother or in the opinion of a trained health professional, abortion should always be done safely.
Access to comprehensive abortion care which comprises of induced safe abortion, post abortion care and contraceptives services could avert preventable maternal mortality and morbidity.