Kenya Film Board bans Marie Stopes ad for promoting abortion
12 September 2018
Marie Stopes has faced questions in the past about the extent of its services in Kenya.
It has also demanded a public apology
Abortion giant Marie Stopes International is known for promoting abortion all over the world - including in countries where it is illegal. Now, the organisation has been called out for publicly advertising abortion in Kenya, where it is illegal except where the mother's life is in danger.
Targets teenage girls
The Kenya Film and Classification Board has banned a radio advert for contravening the law. "The board has banned Marie Stopes from airing a message on radio that promotes abortion contrary to Article 26 (4) of the Constitution," said Chairman Ezekiel Mutua.
"The advert targets teenage girls by giving them alternatives for unwanted or unplanned pregnancies."
Mr Mutua said the advert was not submitted to the board for examination and classification, and ordered that it stops being aired immediately.
"The Board also demands that Marie Stopes issue a public apology for airing such content without submission for examination and classification."
History of flouting the law
This is not the first time Marie Stopes have been caught advertising illegal abortion in Kenya. Last year, there was controversy when they ran Facebook adverts saying "even if your boyfriend refuses to take responsibility for your pregnancy, do not worry, we got you".
At the same time, there was uproar in Kenya's Kitui country after MSI representatives visited a school and administered hormonal birth control to underage girls without parental consent.
MSI's record in promoting and performing illegal abortions throughout Africa has been exposed in Culture of Life Africa's documentary Killing Africa. The issue, and the role of Western nations in funding these practices is to be further explored in the upcoming documentary Strings Attached.
It was recently announced that the UK Government is to spend an additional £200 million on family planning in Africa and Asia. Marie Stopes is one of the organisations benefiting from the funding.
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