Health Ministry Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has lifted the ban stopping Marie Stopes Kenyan from offering post-abortion care services.

In a letter seen by Pulselive.co.ke, the Health CS directed the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board to supervise entity regularly.

Follow Rules

CS Kariuki also ordered Marie Stopes and other health practitioners to adhere to the provisions of the provisions of article 26(4) of the Kenyan Constitution.

In the Constitution, abortion is only allowed if a trained health practitioner notes that the life or health of the mother is in danger or its permitted by any other written law.

Health CS Sicily Kariuki

Marie Stopes Kenya announced in November this year that it had suspended some of its reproductive health services, including what it describes as “safe abortion” services.

Contention

Director Dana Tilson however, clarified that Marie Stopes clinics remain open and will continue to provide essential family planning, maternal health and general medical services.

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) had demanded that the organization stop offering abortion services.

The entity was also directed to pull down all the advertisements that were perceived to be against the rules of medical advertising from its online platforms.

Accused

KPMDU claimed that its preliminary inquiry committee said in a letter to Marie Stopes that it was acting on complaints raised by the public who accused the entity of promoting the right to abortion.

Marie Stopes clinic

The organization has been advertising on radio and social media platforms pushing information about the “confidential” assistance it gives to pregnant women in distress and those who get unplanned pregnancies.