The abortion debate has been re-ignited by the recent publication of statistics by the African Population and Health Research Centre in which it claims there were 464,690 abortions carried out in Kenya in 2012.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
We can take lessons from the USA which legalized abortion through a landmark Supreme Court case known as Roe vs Wade of 1973.
It is worth noting that in the US, prior to 1973, an organization that engages in political action to oppose restrictions on abortion and expand access to abortion called NARAL said that up to 10,000 maternal deaths occurred due to “back alley” abortions. The actual figures were between 100 to 200 as reported by CDC. The scare tactics used by abortion advocates is well-documented and known.
The advocates of abortion pushed for the right of the woman to abort and forgot the right of the pre-born to live. The statistics ever since have skyrocketed.
President Clinton said he wanted to keep abortions “safe, legal and rare.” President Obama claims the same policy for his administration. The only thing that the federal governments have managed to do is to keep abortions legal.
As for numbers, the figures went up. In 1963, there were 100,000 illegal abortions in the US. That number went up to 750,000 legal abortions in 1973 and hit a high of 1.6 million in 1996. Ever since it was legalised, more than 54 million abortions have been carried out.
There are many untold stories of the hurt it has caused among women, from post-abortion trauma to suicides. A recent case that saw an abortionist called Dr Kermit Gosnell condemned for abortion-related crimes speaks volumes. We need to learn from others and avoid making the same mistakes.
MARTIN MUNDIA, Nakuru
There seems to be a renewed push for legalising abortion that is quite unwarranted. The numbers given by African Population and Health Research Centre seem to be too high in the first place.
Even if it were so, given the condition of our hospitals where equipment and medical staff cannot adequately handle the prevalent illnesses, it would be absurd to add on to these numbers voluntary abortions.
In the US, before abortion was legalised, they had 100,000. In 1973, the year it was legalised, they went up to 750,000. By 1996, it had hit 1.6 million. Even when it has been legalised, it has not helped make it safe for the mothers involved and is always fatal for the pre-born babies.
Making a case for legal abortion in Kenya should be a no-no.
PETER BOSITA, Nairobi