“If we can reach the poorest and the most vulnerable populations with quality sexual and reproductive health information and services, we can save many lives and improve countless others” mentioned news reporter Okun Oliech of U-report, an organization that promotes abortion in Kenya. He wrote this on Friday, April 7th.
Kenya’s abortion policy allows women to have an abortion if they it falls in one of the three categories: to save a woman’s life, to preserve her physical health, and to preserve their mental health. But U-boat says women in Kenya want abortion on-demand to be legal.
Given that there are many physical and mental consequences that accompany abortion, it is hard to see how this could ever be the case.
Oliech’s goes even further. He says sexual and reproductive health “reduces poverty, furthers primary education especially for girls, promotes women’s rights and gender equality, strengthens health systems, saves lives and improves health and finally ensures environmental sustainability.”
How is Oliech certain that sexual and reproductive health can help these factors become a reality? There is no way to know for sure because these are not fact based assertions, but attempts at tautologies. There is no evidence to prove Kenya would one day reach these idyllic outcomes.
Slowly, changes have already begun in Kenya. The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, has created a campaign that will promote sexual reproductive health around Kenya. Beyond Zero, consist of mobile health clinics found in refugee camps, or fragile cities, for people to gain quicker access to reproductive health.
Kenya wants its society to be safe, but allowing sexual and reproductive health clinics should not be prioritized. There are other ways to help reduce poverty, strengthen health systems and saving lives, but sexual and reproductive health is probably not the best one.