Marie Stopes Kenya, an Ngo that has been on the spot lately for reportedly offering abortion services contrary law, has suspended the services.
According to Marie Stopes Director Dana Tilson, the decision to suspend the abortion services was followed a directive by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board (KPMDU).
Dana Tilson, however, said that all 22 Marie Stopes Clinics in the country will remain open and will continue to provide essential family planning, maternal health and general medical services.
The medical board also ordered Marie Stopes to pull down all the advertisements that were perceived to be against the rules of medical advertising from its online platforms. In the ADs, the facility, which is unapologetically pro-choice, was announcing that their facility provides “safe abortions” to women in need of the services.
The Kenya Film Classification Board Ezekiel Mutua, is among those who condemned Marie Stopes for the advertisements and made official complaints to the KPMDU.
Maries Stopes has also been providing free contraceptives to women across the country.
“We are passionate about empowering Kenyan girls and women irrespective of their location or financial background. Contraception changes lives. It allows women to take control of their futures – and in doing so, it drives economic and social development”.
“We exist to provide contraception and safe abortion to women and girls living in urban and rural communities all over the world. By providing a woman with access to these services, you empower her to choose her family size and future,” Marie Stopes says in their website.