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Esther Passaris says birth control pills are an alternative to abortions

Nairobi Women Rep Esther Passaris has told parents that birth control pills will go a long way in preventing abortion among teenagers.

Speaking in a morning show at Citizen TV, on Thursday Passaris said parents need to be realistic as their children most probably have an active sex life.

“Parents should be realistic, I put my daughter on birth control pills while she was 16 to make sure abortion does not end up being her birth control mechanism,” said Passaris.

Passaris also said her daughter protested her actions but she (Passaris) insisted knowing very well the advantages of being on a birth control pill.

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The Women Rep has been on the forefront advocating for abortion rights in the country.

One of the rights she has been vocal about is that sexually violated women who are impregnated should be allowed to legally abort.

On June 13, a five judge bench ruled that pregnancies that originate from rape cases can be terminated but only with a medical expert.

However, abortion is still illegal in Kenya and can only be done when the life of the expectant mother is at risk.

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