A Kenyan community is furious after Marie Stopes abortion business workers allegedly implanted long-lasting contraceptive devices into school girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
Nairobi News Nation reports abortion activists with Marie Stopes International visited the Archbishop Boniface Lele Secondary School Mang’elu in Kitui, Kenya on Wednesday, supposedly to give a presentation to school girls about health awareness.
But, unbeknownst to parents or school administrators, the abortion business also allegedly gave long-lasting birth control to dozens of teenage students. A spokeswoman for Marie Stopes refused to discuss the claims.
According to the report, about a dozen girls between ages 14 and 17 received Norplant, a rod inserted under the skin that releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. The birth control device is supposed to last up to five years.
“We are shocked that this was allowed to happen,” said Munanie Muusya, whose daughter received a Norplant. “What those people did will encourage our girls to carelessly engage in unprotected sex and that they can easily contract sexually transmitted diseases.”
Many are calling for a thorough investigation of the pro-abortion group and the school, including Sen. Enoch Wambua who represents the area.
“Exposing children to contraceptive treatment of whatever nature without the consent of their parents is unacceptable,” Wambua said.
Kenyan Catholic leaders also said they are investigating the Catholic-sponsored school.
“The Catholic strong stand against contraceptives is widely known,” Kitui Catholic Diocese Secretary for Education Father Julius Muthamba told the news outlet. “It’s sad that this happened inside a school that we sponsor, but more fundamentally the negative effect in spoiling the girls’ morally.”
School principal Andrew Kwale also was not aware of the group’s full goals until afterward. He said Marie Stopes leaders told him that they would talk to the girls about “health awareness” and that the county director of education had approved their program.
“They came with community health workers known to us and we trusted them, but we are all trying to establish what happened during the meeting,” Kwale said.
He said some of the girls were left alone with the abortion activists after the presentation, but he thought it was just for counseling.
This is not the first time Marie Stopes has been accused of pushing abortion and contraception on vulnerable women and girls. In 2012, Dr. Brian Clowes, the director of education and research at Human Life International, described more about the abortion chain’s disturbing work in Africa.
MSI is especially active in Africa, and women commonly refer to illegal abortions as the “Marie Stopes procedure.” Workers at the MSI center in Tororo, Uganda, testified that it did many illegal abortions and also injected women with Depo-Provera shots, telling them that they were malaria treatments.6 In July of , the government of Zambia expelled Marie Stopes International for committing hundreds of illegal abortions over a period of just five months.7
Marie Stopes International receives huge donations from American billionaire Bill Gates to push contraception in Africa and other developing areas of the world. One of the largest abortion providers in the world, Marie Stopes works internationally to promote and provide abortions and contraception to women and girls, especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
But its reputation is terrible, even in first-world countries. In 2016, the British government partially forced Marie Stopes to shut down after inspectors uncovered horrendous conditions in its abortion facilities across the UK. The concerns “included badly trained staff, poor infection control checks and medics failing to get the correct consent,” reported Laura Donnelly, health editor for the Telegraph.
In the past few years, LifeNews has reported numerous instances where women died or suffered serious injuries after having abortions at Marie Stopes facilities. In one of the more recent cases, a woman died from a heart attack caused by “extensive internal blood loss” just hours after having an abortion.