A discreet investigation has exposed shocking report of how Uganda has been undertaking about 800 abortions on a daily basis.
Of the 800, 75% are done secretly due to the strict regulations that prohibit such. Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development Senior Program Officer Ms. Rose Wakikona, revealed such during a recent live interview with Uganda's NBS television.
"We have to acknowledge that abortions are happening and that the number of lives lost is alarming. In Uganda, we have 800 abortions happening every day. Most of them are done in clandestine conditions," stated Ms. Wakikona.
According to Ms. Wakikona, unsafe abortions are the leading cause of maternal mortality. She stated that such can be prevented, with better access to contraception, safe abortion services and post-abortion care and also promoting of sexuality education.
While abortion in Africa remains illegal unless under circumstances when the mother or the foetus is at risk, some African nations such as Togo, Rwanda, Sudan and Ethiopia allow abortion especially for pregnancies gotten out of rape or incest.
Article 26(4) of the Kenyan Constitution for instance okays abortion recommended by a medic owing to an emergency treatment. Should the life or health of the mother be in danger, an abortion can also be considered.
In situations whereby the pregnancy was out of sexual violence, the victim and the medical expert can also agree on abortion in line with 2014 National Guidelines on Management of Sexual Violence in Kenya.
Centre for Reproductive Rights sometimes back estimated that over 2,600 women die every year in Kenya due to unsafe abortion complications.
A 2019 Reproductive Health Bill sponsored by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika in 2020 sparked uproars from pro-life activists who accused her of attempting to legalise abortion, making it easier for teenagers to access abortion.
The Bill had proposed an abortion if suggested by a trained medic in cases where the foetus would suffer from a severe physical or mental abnormality that is incompatible with life outside the womb.
It had also spelt legal action for a medic who refuse to attemd to such request, and not referring the patient to somewhere else where such assistance could be found.
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