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- There is a huge debate surrounding abortion in the country, with some groups lobbying for its legalisation.
- The Constitution states that every person has the right to life and that the life of a person begins at conception.
- Police recovered 10 decomposing fetuses at Prestige Health Point Medical Center along Murang’a Road.
Police have arrested five suspects believed to be part of a racket that has been illegally procuring abortions at a clinic in Nairobi’s Pangani estate.
Dr. Mwaura Karumbi, Dr. John Marore, Christopher Mwangi, Erick Mwenda, and Judith Anyanzwa were arrested on Friday, October 16 at Prestige Health Point Medical Center along Murang’a Road.
The police who were acting on a tip off from the public raided the facility and recovered 10 decomposing fetuses. Appliances suspected to have been used for conducting abortions was also seized.
Upon raiding the facility which had no operating licenses, police also found a lady who apparently had just procured an abortion admitted.
“The recovered fetuses have been taken to the morgue as suspects are being processed for arraignment,” a police report on the incident read.
What the law says on abortion
Abortion is still a huge debate in Kenya with different groups advocating for its legalisation while other groups like the Church maintaining that abortion should not be tolerated.
Amidst all these debates surrounding the topic, abortion is illegal in Kenya 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.
The Constitution states that every person has the right to life and that the life of a person begins at conception.
“A person shall not be deprived of life intentionally, except to the extent authorised by this Constitution or other written law,” reads a section of the Constitution.