Kenyans React to Esther Passaris' Take on Abortion

Updated on March 14, 2020
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The latest statement made by Nairobi's woman representative Hon. Esther Passaris has raised mixed emotions among Kenyans. Many have reacted on Twitter, with the hashtag #PassarisAbortionkills being one of the top trending hashtags.

During the 9th Africa Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Passaris stated that women should be given the right to abort, her argument being that they should not give birth to children who they cannot take care of. According to her, a woman should be given the right to abort early enough during their pregnancy if they did not want a child. This comes after many incidences of inhumane disposal of infants, especially in the slums, which the legislator raised concern about.

Her remarks have not been received well by Kenyans, with most of them lashing out on social media, and some going out on the streets to demonstrate. Many of them expressed disgust and anger. Below are sample tweets from angry Kenyans who think calling for abortion is not a humane act, least of all coming from a woman representative in the country's capital.

However, not all Kenyans were angry and disapproving in reaction to Passari's words. Some expressed their support of the move as a way of avoiding illegal "backdoor" abortions that can result in inevitable deaths of both the mothers and the children.

However, there are questions from Kenyans that the representative should take the time to answer, one of which was raised by @zionpearl—if women will have legal rights to abort a child, then where will the child register for his/her right to live?

Human beings are governed and protected by laws, but what if those laws are against them and not for them? Then what? In my opinion, whether you're an embryo, a foetus, or a baby, no human being has the right to have their life taken away. No matter the circumstance that the child is coming into, no one should deny him/her the chance to experience life, the good, the bad, the happiness and the tears. Nothing in the world can justify taking another life. Someone gave you the chance to experience life, and you don't have the right to deny that right to someone else.

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