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Kenyans tackle moral cop Mutua in abortion ban backlash

Kenyans on social media have vented their anger at the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) for ordering Marie Stopes to stop offering any form of abortion services in the country.

The board, citing complaints from members of the public, also blocked the health service provider from publishing misleading information on its website.

Also not spared from the online fury is the CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Dr Ezekiel Mutua.


Dr Mutua, alongside the campaign manager at CitizenGo Africa, Ms Ann Kioko, are among the complainants.

A KMPDB preliminary inquiry committee said in a letter to Marie Stopes that it was acting on complaints from the public.

Marie Stopes has been the stop for many Kenyan women who are seeking to undo unplanned pregnancies.


The Kenyan Constitution outlaws abortion with an exception being only when it is performed on mothers endangered by a pregnancy.

But the board, in a meeting on November 10, said it was dissatisfied by the facility’s guidelines on reproductive health.

It ordered Marie Stopes to submit, within 60 days, a report of the reviewed guidelines “to conform with the law.”


The Committee, led by Daniel Yumbya, further ordered the hospital to submit weekly returns to the regulator over the next 60 days.

The regulator also barred the provider from running advertisements that contravene Public Health Facilities Advertising Rules, 2016.

However, on social media, Kenyans, who feel aggrieved by the new order, have bashed Dr Mutua, whom they’ve faulted for the move.