Day of shame as KMPDB allows Marie Stopes to procure abortions and post-abortion services

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Chairman of Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) Prof George Magoha, known as a stern and no nonsense Chairman at Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has brought an untold shame to both the KMPDB and the profession of medicine by caving into the pro-choice and American Government pressure to allow Marie Stopes Hospitals in Kenya to conduct abortions.

In a letter dated December 20, 2018 and addressed to MSK Country Director Dana Tilson, Prof Magoha lifted the November 10, 2018 order barring MSK from offering post-abortion services. What this means is that the MSK won’t be questioned for procuring abortions and proceeding to take care of the perpetrators – whether allowable under the exception of being a risk to the mother or not.

The move confirms that the KMPDB change of mind has no legal or scientific basis. It simply shows them for what they are – an indecisive regulator taking instructions of the American government and the pro-choice advocates in clear contravention of Article 26 of the Constitution.

Ideally, the post-abortion patients should be taken of from other facilities – unless it is an emergency and on a temporary basis – given the bad record of MSK advertising for abortion services.

Pro-choice activists argue that the uterus belongs to the woman and she is the dole decision-maker on whether or not to keep the pregnancy.

On Thursday, the pro-choice activisits took to Twitter with #DearCSSicilyKariuki to hit at Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki and KMPDB in what appears to be a poorly choreographed scheme to purportedly justify reversal of the KMPDB decision as if it was occasioned by public outcry.

The law reiterates that life begins at conception and states that every person has the right to life and that no person shall be “intentionally deprived of life” except when there is need tor emergency treatment, life or health of the mother is in danger or if permitted by any other law – which law cannot be less superior to the Constitution anyway.

Cofek condemns the baseless decision by KMPDB and has asked its’ lawyers to review the decision with a view to seeking legal interpretation soonest

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