After outrage over Marie Stopes Clinic advertisements that seemed to promote abortion, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) has ordered the clinic to stop offering abortion services in all their facilities, a move that could see them run out of business.
“Marie Stopes Kenya is hereby directed to immediately cease and desist offering any form of abortion services in all its facilities within the Republic of Kenya, “said the KMPDB Boss Daniel Yumbya. In a letter dated November 14, 2018, KMPDB has also instructed the healthcare provider to submit evidence of compliance to the order and their weekly returns for all services to board within the next sixty days.
The clinic has also been directed to review its existing guidelines for reproductive health services in accordance with the law. KMPDB reprimanded the clinic for violating the board’s Practitioners and Health Facilities (Advertising) rules, 2016 and ordered its management to immediately pull down the advertisements from their website and other platforms.
The orders by KMPDB comes two months after the Kenya Film Classification Board ordered the clinic to pull down radio and online advertisements allegedly promoting abortion. Marie Stopes clinics operate in 37 countries providing services such as safe abortion, free contraception, guidance on family planning and sexual health.