Examining how issue of abortion portrayed in Kenyan Constitution

Published on October 19, 2012 at 8:32 AM · No Comments

In an opinion piece in the Huffington Post's "Global Motherhood" blog, David Olson, a global health communications consultant who worked as a communications adviser to the Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance in Kenya earlier this year, describes how "abortion rights [in the country] have been liberalized in certain cases in a Constitution approved in a public referendum two years ago." He continues, "The new constitution says clearly that 'the life of a person begins at conception' and 'abortion is not permitted unless...'" Olson writes, "And that innocuous 'unless' is what keeps the abortion issue alive in Kenya, almost two years after the constitutional referendum: '...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.'"

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