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Kenya: Stringent Laws Limit Access to Safe Abortions

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Kenyan health officials say unsafe abortions are common in the east African nation with nearly half a million in one recent year.

Abortion is prohibited unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger.

Advocates for less restrictive policies argue that unsafe abortions contribute to a high level of maternal deaths.

One woman's story

Meet Martha Hope, that's not her real name. She was married with three children when she became pregnant again in 2010. The 33-year-old woman said her husband told her he was not ready to bring up another child in poverty.

At six months, she visited

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