We have had heated debates on the abortion issue for quite awhile now. Some people want it legalized while others want it outlawed. But what exactly is abortion? Why and when should it be carried out? The constitution does not satisfactorily answer these questions and that is why there is so much confusion. The document says that abortion can take place only if the life of the mother is in danger.
Don’t you think Kenyans know what is good for them and should be left to do what they want, thus making abortion a personal choice? Women are being told instead of aborting the baby they should give it up for adoption or take it to children’s home. But how easy is that in Kenya today?
The new draft, Section 26, reads: “Every person has a right to life, and that life begins at conception.” This is contradicted in the next section which allows abortion when, in the opinion of a trained health professional (not necessarily a physician), there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger or if permitted by any other law.
Finally, does the abortion clause have to be in the constitution? The clause is a very sensitive matter and is likely to affect the voting pattern during the referendum. We have seen some groups publicly declare that they will vote against the draft because of the abortion clause.
Is abortion a state or personal choice?