Advocacy towards Changes on Laws Governing Access to Safe Abortion in KenyaGuyo Jaldesa1,2*, Omondi Ogutu1,2, Allan Johnson3, Patrick Ndavi1,2 and Joseph Karanja1,2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Guyo Jaldesa
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Received date: June 03, 2014; Accepted date: September 24, 2014; Published date: September 26, 2014
Citation: Jaldesa G, Ogutu O, Johnson A, Ndavi P, Karanja J (2014) Advocacy towards Changes on Laws Governing Access to Safe Abortion in Kenya. Gynecol Obstet (Sunnyvale) 4:247. doi:0.4172/2161-0932.1000247
Copyright: © 2014 Jaldesa G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Unsafe abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide as well as in Kenya. The discussion of a revised constitution for Kenya during 2008 to August 2010 was an opportunity to create a greater awareness on the need of reproductive health services and of broadening the circumstances under which abortion is permitted by law.
The Kenyan Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (KOGS) used its scientific prestige to advocate for more liberal abortion legislation in which it teamed with civil rights and professional associations in reproductive health such as the National nurses association, the midwife chapter and the Kenya clinical officers’ society. Since it is not possible to fully evaluate the full impact of these efforts in the constitutional change debate, we describe what was done and achieved in the constitutional changes affecting reproductive health in Kenya.