Parents up in arms after Marie Stopes gives birth control in school

Friday October 13 2017

Marie Stopes.

Comedians entertain guests during the opening of a Marie Stopes clinic in Nakuru on October 1, 2015. Marie Stopes has been accused of administering birth control to secondary school students in Kitui without their parents' consent. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

By KITAVI MUTUA
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The Catholic Church, leaders and parents in a Catholic school have demanded the arrest of pro-abortion activists who visited a secondary school in Kitui County and administered birth control measures to students without their parents’ consent.

Shocked parents demanded that the birth control procedures be reversed.

BIRTH CONTROL

The activists from Marie Stopes Kenya, an organisation that advocates for women’s rights to have children by choice, visited Archbishop Boniface Lele Secondary School in Mang’elu, Kitui West, on Wednesday as the world celebrated The Day of the Girl Child.

They gave the teenagers birth control medication, including the Norplant – a hormone-infused rod used to prevent pregnancy that is inserted under the skin, normally in the upper arm, and which is effective for up to five years.

The Norplant has side effects, including prolonged and irregular menstrual bleeding, breast pain, vomiting, weight gain, scalp hair loss, among others.