Need for safer abortions

Josephine Alain
Posted January 27, 2021 from Kenya

It has been long since I wrote down my story, but it has come to my concern that girls aged between 10 to 19 years old due to covid impacts cannot return to school as expected as most of them are pregnant and due to the stigma that comes as a result of pregnancy most of them are going for unsafer abortions leading to more deaths in the country. Despite the fact that abortion is illegal and against the will of God why can't we just encourage safer abortions as long as the girl has valid reasons of terminating the pregnancy? Am not supporting the act but it is really painful seeing young, capable and ambitious ladies dying as a result of unsafe abortions 

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Nini Mappo
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hello Alaine,
It is a shame how much Covid-19 has stolen from our girls, making the fight for gender equity even more urgent. Unfortunately I think providing abortion services in a country with poor heath care, not enough professionals trained in obstetrics and gynecology and still ravaged by a high maternal and infant mortality rate is for many, just a hope, because it becomes a matter of priorities, unfortunately. Like, do we save the mums and babies that want to live or help those whose mums don't want theirs to live and in the process endanger the mum's lives? It is unfortunate because every life is important, but it is the reality of allocating limited health care resources according to how the government "thinks."

I think the industry is filled with quacks because the well trained professionals are elsewhere in legit health care business, so that it really is also a problem of poverty--the poorly trained exploiting the poor for easy money. Those with means always have good healthcare, even when they seek an abortion.

To that effect, until the healthcare system is well funded, equipped, and centralized, the government is saving girls from more unsafe abortions by preventing more quacks or opportunistic ill-trained clinical officers from opening more abortion clinics where more women and girls would lose their lives. It's a delicate and complex matter that needs careful policing and accountability, even in countries that do have good health care.
Perhaps sex education, contraception, and creating pathways for teen mums to complete their education would be a safer bet for now....just thinking.... and mourning for my little sisters caught up in these various forms of health and educational poverty. Thank you for your compassion towards them.

Josephine Alain
Jan 27
Jan 27

Yes true Thanks for your response

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 28
Jan 28

Dear Alaine,
There is no easy answer here, everything from rape to lack of control over one's life, to saving one's own life. This has been debated with and without laws, with and without medical care, for so many years now. In the 1970's in my country many of us women came forward for a woman's right to choose, for her right not to be judged, and for services needed to prevent deaths from quacks. In the 1960 my mother almost died as she was carrying a dead baby and she had to wait for 3 male doctors to sign papers. It took more than a month. There are reasons women look to one answer or another. Abortion is never an easy decision, should never be forced, nor withheld. As long as women and girls have little or no control over what happens to us, I agree that when needed, women and girls should have access to respectful, safe and non judgemental medical care.

maeann
Jan 30
Jan 30

Dear Alaine,

Welcome back! Covid19 effects brought us a lot of problem, it is piling up. How we can help these girls? A question I don't know yet to answer. Should we adult protecting them, not bringing them to harm.