Yes, I aborted my pregnancy, 23-year-old Eldoret woman tells court


A 23-year-old woman from Turbo in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County on Friday admitted in court that she aborted her seven months pregnancy.

Lilian Kimani, who was arraigned before Eldoret Principal Magistrate Harrison Barasa, said she terminated her pregnancy on February 20, 2019 because she “wasn’t in a stable financial position to provide for the baby”.

Ms Kimani further said people close to her abandoned her; and, as a result, she felt isolated due to the pregnancy.

The court heard that the suspect used an abortion pill to get rid of the fetus.

The dead baby was found placed in a bucket, which Ms Kimani had hidden in her house in Turbo.

The suspect pleaded for forgiveness, saying “poverty pushed me into committing the crime”.

The magistrate directed Ms Kimani be detained until March 13, when the court will give its ruling.

According to Article 159 of Kenya’s Penal Code, “any woman who, being with child, with intent to procure her own miscarriage, unlawfully administers to herself any poison or other noxious thing, or uses any force of any kind, or uses any other means whatever, or permits any such thing or means to be administered or used to her, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.”

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