Parliamentary Network E-News

Volume 14
No. 1
February, 2020

Ipas: Promoting Access to Abortion in Kenya and Nigeria

The president of US-based pro-abortion NGO  Ipas, Anu Kumar, recently explained that the organization's global goals for 2020 include seeking to change abortion laws; increasing access to chemical abortion- including do-it-yourself abortion with pills or in Ipas' words "self-managed abortion"-; working for gender equity; and reducing abortion stigma. In Kenya, Ipas is working to enable self-induced abortion as explained by Ipas Africa Alliance Program Director Ernest Nyamato who said,"We are in the process of redefining what is a provider in the context of medical abortion self-care." According to Ipas, in addition to traditional health-care providers, the definition of abortion provider that it is seeking would also include "informed individuals-like intermediaries-or the girl or woman herself."
During a recent visit to Kenya, Ipas' president Kumar met with religious leaders from Pentecostal, Baptist, Anglican and Church of God churches to discuss how to end "abortion stigma". She said that she left Kenya "feeling hopeful about the progress being made in communities where real social change occurs" while abortion continues "to be embroiled in controversy at the political level".
In Nigeria, Ipas held a three day workshop during which the interim country director of Ipas, Lucky Palmer, questioned why Nigeria signs international and regional treaties that he claims it will not keep citing the Maputo Protocol and stated, "There is a need for review of the restrictive abortion laws due to the human rights implications of unsafe abortion."


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