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Abortion is murder ,illegal ! Why are women dying?

One woman in my country will cry for help and will eventually die procuring abortion in the back streets, with a quack whose business is in making the bloody money!
It so happened to a neighbor, a mother, a wife and a Christian, I knew that abortion is murder and is illegal and that I could not be a victim of circumstance until one time in the stillness of the night a vulnerable woman was fighting it alone in a pool of blood, writhing in pain and her other baby was clinging on the breast of her dear mother unknown of the whole drama. A short brief history confirmed illegal abortion done and gone bad .Do I turn her in to the police? As this thoughts raced in my mind, blood gushed out of her, a palm size fetus came out, and the woman fainted. I didn’t have any means to rush her to the hospital. But eventually she was helped in my hospital the following day.
The Kenyan Constitution stipulates very well that abortion is illegal; women can only be saved when their life is in danger. I don’t know what danger the government is referring to here. Must women seek to be pierced with needles, take poison or detergents for the world to know they are in danger? I cry and ask what kind of humility is this to women. First they miss drugs to prevent unwanted pregnancies, two they miss proper medical care when giving life. When? Oh my! When does the world want to know that women are in danger?
Advocacy is what I am doing now reaching out to service providers in terms of strengthening their knowledge on the constitution so that they too can become teachers at the grass root level. Until when the health professionals understand the meaning of the constitution and the bill of rights. The citizens of this country will suffer from severe knowledge deficit. Through the Web 2.0 the time is now for Kenyan women to demand their rightful places in reproductive health services, when and how to determine their sexuality. The advocacy to prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion is my job. I believe if many midwives get to be connected through the pulse wire to say their stories, we will make the worst noise until the government hears. No woman must die while seeking for maternal care on time.

Comments

Stella Paul's picture

I wait

Dear Friend

Sometimes,instead of adding to the pollution, noise acts like a cleansing agent - just as you rightly pointed out here. I wait to see the day when your dream comes true, when all the midwives come together and makes a noise so loud, it wakes up the government from its slumber. Until then, love, courage and support!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

usha kc's picture

Hi Lucia,, I am with you to

Hi Lucia,, I am with you to your advocay!! go ahead dear.

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you friends

Thank you
All for the courage,I think sometimes is as if the world is deaf.Thank you and I hope to do what I love most.
I love you all.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

loyce's picture

Keep it UP!

Lucia,

That is bravery! abortion is very controversial and many people fear to talk about probably because of religious beliefs and illegal abortion is claiming many lives of young women and girls. The attitude of some of the health workers sometimes scares young girls to seek for family planning services.This has led them to do crazy things as you have mentioned in your article. Thank you for that great work and your profession places you in a better position to do that. Keep it up my sister.

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Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you

Hello,
Thank you Loyce for uplifting my spirits.
I wish well for this weekend

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you

Hello,
Thank you Loyce for uplifting my spirits.
I wish well for this weekend

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

MaDube's picture

Yes indeed culture and

Yes indeed culture and religion in the African context frowns upon abortion and this has influenced the laws on that subject too. I have seen placards saying "abortion is murder' in almost all of the 11 African countries I have been to, Kenya included. So I hear you when you say you face the dilemma of whether you should turn the woman to the police or help her and shut up. You are doing great work, well done.

Okeny-Lucia's picture

My sister,thank you

Hello,
Thank you,am happy to hear you were in Kenya.Great.We keep on fighting.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Carlotta's picture

I really feel how strongly

I really feel how strongly you feel about abortion. However, not everyone feels that way. there are some cases where it might be essential to terminate pregnancy, for instance if it is ectopic pregnancy. And let's assume that by some unfortunate circumstance you get raped and fall pregnant or it happens to your daughter, would you want the baby to be kept and be a constant reminder of that unfortunate incident. I believe that people know the consequences of having an protected sex and should not start looking for solutions when they discover they are pregnant, that means I am not pro-abortion when people choose not to use protection. If however the health of the mother is in danger and there has been rape involved I would consider it. Here in South Africa there are posters on every tree on where to get "Quick and painless abortions". i think abortions leave emotional scars and we should focus on teaching each other about safe sex in grown ups and abstinence in those who are too young for the responsibilities that come with sex. In South Africa a 12 year old child can actually go to an institution to get an abortion without the parents' consent, can you imagine that?

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Dear Sister I am with you

Hello,
Carlotta,so many things are happening to women both good and bad.I truly get your point,Abortion can never be a form of planning planning.The only thing that we can do as women is to help other women stand up for their right and decide which best way,even though this may not be the case always.Thank you for sharing with this thoughtful insights about this emotive subject.
South Africa is far way ahead of majority of African Countries in liberal laws,we only need to tread careful.
Thank you and good weekend.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

fem4femmes's picture

Clammoring!!

Lucia-

Again, I am awed by your courage in the face of such resistance and risk to yourself! Thank you for not being silent! Thank you for speaking for those women left too weak to speak for themselves! I will shout and clap and stomp in my support of you and your invaluable work!

Loud, loving care of you today!!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Marissa,I thank you

Dear Marissa,
There is no fight without enemies,and there is no enemy without a fight.This struggle for women has to go on.Things may not be in our favor sometimes,but we fight on.
Thank you.
Good day.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Tari Andrea's picture

The world sees you, just Now!

Dear Lucia,

First, i'd like to say that you are an amazing woman I've ever met. You such a brave person who is survive between the hi-ignorance around your community. You have skill to persuade others along with your partners who have the same interests at your daily work. As I learned about the abortion, I completely agree with you, it's Illegal. I'm the person who will loudly say that ABORTION = MURDER. When a couple is having sex, they should know about the consequences to prevent. as you said, the unwanted pregnancies. The maturity comes up since they're could doing that 'activity'. Thus, there is no reason to kill your 'soon-baby'. There are so many stories about the abortion in my country, also about the lack of health access especially in remote/rural areas. It's all our work, we will solve together with SMILE :)

Keep up your good work, make contributions to give changes to community!

warmest,

Tari
Indonesia

--
M&E of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Indonesia

"Be the change that you wish to change." - Mahatma Gandhi.

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Hi TARI

Oh Welcome Tari,
Thank you very much hearing from you.The power of Pulse Wire is making us speak without fear.This is because we want the best out of each woman and men.I truly believe the struggle is long but we shall make it.
Thank you once again and I accept your friendly request.
Good day

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

gaurav.nakhare's picture

Dearest

Dearest Okeny,

Congratulations on your article! It was a heart-warming instance, and I salute your set of thoughts and vision. At the same time, I would have loved to see a little bit about your present solutions to this problem, perhaps both inside and outside the realm of Pulsewire.

I look forward to reading more! Keep up the great work!

Gaurav Nakhare
WP Listener

Okeny-Lucia's picture

Thank you Sister

Hello,
Thank you for your compliments,currently am working with nurses and midwives to empower them with knowledge on the Kenya Constitution,to distinct between moral value and professionalism.Women could be dying because of illegal abortion becuase of the health professional perception,lack of knowledge on the legislative,under reporting systems towards safe motherhood.All this has form the hypothesis that ,information is power.If my 10,00 nurses can be well informed on the need to reach to other women and let them be responsible of their sexuality,they can say NO and mean it,and if all fails then a contraceptive can help,if at all that what they want.That is my daily work and I hope that we can reduce this senseless deaths,and avoid abortion at all costs.
Great day

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

char_lm146's picture

Abortion

I too wish to go into advocacy in years to come. With similar ambitions to you; to ensure people fully understand their rights and to ensure people do not go unheard. Some people do need protecting and if you have the knowledge to help then I believe you should. The dr's who allow women to have unsafe abortions just to make some money need to be brought to justice. I also am in complete agreement that abortion should not be used as a method of contracpetion because this is life we are referring too. However I am in agreement with Carlotta that there are times when abortion should be legal, my sister recently became pregnant due to not being properly informed that her form of contraception would not work whilst taking antibiotics. She did not have an abortion, but she now heavily relies on the state to fund her accomodation, and so forth. She is also only just 20 years old which in England is very young to have a child, and I only veiw her as a mere child anyway, she has not lived and experienced life properly yet. I am not saying she should of had an abortion and I love my niece dearly but there are so many stories such as these and you see children being raised by other children and something doesn't seem right. If people are aware that they do not have the means to bring a child into this world is this really wrong?. I feel more time needs to be spent on really educating the young as to the consequences of unprotected sex. Nevertheless I am moved by your desire to ensure no more women die through lack of being able to receive the care and attention they require. I believe this to be a more than worthy cause and I wish you all the best!

Good Luck
Charlotte

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