Sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental human right as well as human development issue that states must strive to fulfill. This right is guaranteed in various international and regional human rights instruments as well as national laws and policies.
Kenya is a state party to various international and regional human rights instruments that guarantee the right to sexual and reproductive health. Furthermore, the Constitution of Kenya 2010, for the first time guarantees the right to health care including reproductive health. It further provides that no one shall be denied emergency medical treatment and that the State shall provide appropriate social security to persons who are unable to support themselves and their dependants. (Article 43(1) (a) (2) and (3)). The government has also developed a number of policies and established various institutions that seek to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of Kenyans. As such, Kenya is obligated to work towards the fulfillment of this right in line with these international and domestic standards.
KNCHR Reproductive health report