- Caroline Njoroge admits to having had an abortion more than twenty-seven times.
- She first aborted when she was 14 years old.
- Today is World International Day for Safe abortion day and in Kenya the main event was at Heroin Hotel in Nairobi.
A Kenyan lady, Caroline Njoroge admitted having aborted over twenty-seven times.
Considering she is only thirty-five years old; this came as a shocker to many at Heroin Hotel where the event was held.
Caroline is a sex worker at Githurai 44, situated in the outskirts of Nairobi neighboring Kiambu County.
“As a sex worker at times you meet a client who does not want to use condoms, but you need that money.
In the event you get pregnant, and you have to terminate the pregnancy.
Unfortunately, we go to quack doctors. I have aborted more than 27 times!
I had my first abortion when I was 14 years old. The baby was fully grown, I heard the baby cry!” Caroline narrated.
World International Day of Safe abortion
Today marked the World International Day of Safe abortion and in Kenya the main event was held at Heroin hotel in Nairobi.
The event was organized by human rights defenders and the Pussy Power organization.
It brought together Sex workers groups coalition grassroot human rights defenders who are mainly active in Nairobi and its environs.
Abortion in Kenya
In Kenya abortion is not permitted unless guided by health reasons, signed and overseen by trained health professional.
It should be performed only when the mother’s life or health is in danger.
This is anchored in the Constitution of Kenya (2010) Article 26(4).
It is under these unfortunate circumstances that unsafe abortions are carried out, endangering the lives of young girls and women in Kenya.
Approximately 500,000 abortions are carried out in Kenya with the majority being unsafe.
This makes unsafe abortions the leading cause of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality in Kenya and perhaps the highest in Africa.