The People – Online August 23, 2013 Kenyans are still reeling from findings of a ministry of health report indicating that nearly half a million abortions were carried out last year. The...
Around the world, 46 million abortions take place every year. Of these, it is estimated that nearly 22 million are unsafe. In the past decade, more than 500,000 women died from complications of unsafe abortion.
Each year, an estimated 47,000 women across the globe die from unsafe abortions. Countless others suffer serious and life-threatening injuries. Approximately 13 per cent of maternal deaths globally are attributed to unsafe abortion. Ninety-five per cent of deaths and other complications related to unsafe abortions occur in developing countries.
This study seeks to determine the magnitude of unsafe abortion, incidence of induced abortion, as well as women’s experiences of seeking and obtaining abortion. It also seeks to contribute evidence for legal and policy reform in Kenya.