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Health service banned from doing abortions in Kenya

Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless the mother's life is in danger. Source: Getty Images

Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless a mother's life is in danger.

Kenya's medical authority has banned health organisation Marie Stopes from delivering abortions after complaints about its advertising.

Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless a mother's life is in danger. But Marie Stopes has legally been offering its services as the largest sexual and reproductive health organisation in Kenya since 1985.

However, last week, Marie Stopes was told to stop its services on November 14 after the Medical Practitioners Board acted on complaints about advertisements on the radio.

"Marie Stopes Kenya is hereby directed to immediately cease and desist offering any form of abortion services in all its facilities with the Republic of Kenya," the letter from the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board read.

Earlier, the Kenyan Film Classification Board warned Marie Stopes it was "promoting illegal procurement of abortions" in September, according to the CEO Dr Ezekial Mutua.

The KFCB previously alleged Marie Stopes was running ads on the radio promoting abortion. The CEO of KFCB welcomed the recent ban.

Marie Stopes has also been told to file weekly reports on all services rendered in its facilities for 60 days.

The organisation insists it works within the law and has helped more than 315,236 women and girls between 2011 and 2016 across Kenya and Tanzania.

Following the news, Kenyans jumped on social media to debate whether the organisation's ban would cause more women to turn to "illegal" doctors for an abortion.

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