Desperate women ‘using Coca-Cola to kill babies’ after being denied abortions

Desperate new mums in Kenya are being forced to seek alternative ways to abort unwanted babies because they are unable to get terminations.

According to human rights activists, some women are so desperate to get rid of their babies they have been feeding them Coca-Cola instead of breast milk to starve them of much-needed nutrients.

In Kenya – where abortion is illegal – vast swathes of people live in such poverty they are unable to afford to raise a family.

Babies are also left to die in rubbish dumps or rivers and are commonly retrieved by workers who spot the desperate infants.

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Human Rights activist Vincent Odhiambo said he was told of a woman who had seen her neighbour giving a fatal overdose of Coca-Cola’s local ginger beer brand to her newborn daughter.

Mr Odhiambo said: “Some women are not in a position to have a family.

“It is known that if you give a baby Coca-Cola it will die.

“You can image giving a small baby Coca-Cola instead of breast milk – it can’t last more than three days.”

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Backstreet abortionists are also known to deliver babies early and then murder them.

The dangerous procedures often have devastating and deadly consequences for the mothers, who may suffer fatal injuries.

As many as 350,000 Kenyan women a year will risk having an unsafe abortion and 21,000 are admitted to hospital as a result.

Speaking anonymously to the Telegraph, a Kenyan doctor recalled turning away a six-month pregnant woman who returned hours later with her guts spilling out.

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They said: "Someone had torn open her womb.

"Everything was pouring out… her gut was spilling out.

"I got her into theatre but her intestines were perforated and her womb chopped up.

"We transfused seven pints of blood but she passed away six hours later."

Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless the mum's health is in danger and there is a mandatory 14-year prison sentence for anyone who is found to of carried out an unauthorised abortion.

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