10 July 2018 - NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


High court to decide if Kenya to blame for girl's death after botched abortion
by Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian, 10 Jul 2018

A teenager who was raped and left with chronic kidney disease after a botched backstreet abortion has died before a court could rule on whether the Kenyan government was to blame for her death.
The girl, known as JMM, was left vomiting and with heavy bleeding after an abortion in 2014. She was 14 at the time, and was raped by an older man. 
JMM’s mother, as well as the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya and two human rights advocates, filed a case against the government in the Kenyan high court in 2015. They are seeking compensation for the government’s failure to offer JMM adequate post-abortion care and are calling for the government to reinstate guidelines on abortion care.