A 15-year-old student died from a botched abortion along with her unborn baby this week in Kenya, according to the Daily Nation. A 19-year-old woman died from a botched legal abortion in Kenya last year.
The teen reportedly bled to death on Tuesday after revealing to her mother that she had a secret abortion the week before at a medical clinic in Kibunga market in Tharaka-Nithi County.
“She did not tell me what was wrong until she became seriously ill. That is when she disclosed that she had gone to a clinic where she was given tablets that would terminate her pregnancy,” the girl’s mother said. Neither the teen nor her mother are named in the report.
Police said the teen’s family rushed her to the hospital on a motorbike, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.
According to the report, police arrested a clinician who allegedly helped the 15-year-old have the abortion. Abortion is legal in certain circumstances in Kenya and not only does it destroy the lives of unborn children, abortion is responsible for killing and injuring women as well.
The tragic deaths of the girl and her unborn baby have sparked outrage in the African nation, leading to calls for the government to crack down on abortion practices, according to the report.
Mary Muthoni, a local resident, told the news outlet that Kenyans want justice for the girl.
“There has been a lot of rumors that the suspect has been helping young girls to abort and we want justice for the girl if indeed it happened,” she said.
When Kenyans voted on a new constitution in 2010, a massive publicity campaign – heavily funded by the Obama administration – assured voters it would not legalize abortion. In fact, “Life begins at conception” is in the constitution. But the Constitution also allowed abortion in certain circumstances.
Botched abortions have claimed the lives of thousands of women and their unborn babies across the world. In January, LifeNews reported the death of another young woman who died from massive blood loss after aborting her unborn child in Italy. From 1973 to 2009 alone, more than 400 women died from legal abortions in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Unfortunately, abortionists often are not held accountable for killing mothers and their unborn babies.