Woman, Form 3 girl arrested for attempted abortion
A 50-year-old woman and a Form 3 girl were Sunday arrested after they were allegedly caught planning to procure an abortion.
Bomet Township Chief Reuben Ngetich said the 18-year-old girl from a school in Nakuru County had traveled to Bomet County to have her 6-month pregnancy terminated by the woman who is alleged to be an expert.
“We ambushed them in one of the home at Motigo village in Bomet and found that the girl has already paid Ksh.2,000 for the service, she was still having a pending Ksh.500 in order for the services to be rendered,” said the Chief.
Mr. Ngetich said several cases of young girls lining up at the woman’s home had been reported in the past but there had been no evidence to implicate her.
“We are now glad to have the evidence,” he said.
The victim was taken for examination at Longisa County Referral Hospital then booked at Bomet Police Station as police conclude investigations.
Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless the pregnancy puts the mother’s life in danger.
Article 26(4) on the Right to Life states: “Abortion is not permitted unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.”
Anyone found guilty of the abortion is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.
“Any person who, with intent to procure miscarriage of a woman, whether she is or is not with child, unlawfully administers to her or causes her to take any poison or other noxious thing, or uses any force of any kind, or uses any other means whatever, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years,” states the penal code.
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