This is an informal report of a set of three workshops, facilitated by Marge Berer, that took place over three days with almost 10 hours of in-depth discussion and sharing of information and experience among the participants. This report was written by Marge Berer, International Campaign Coordinator, and is based on notes taken by Christina Boateng, Pauline Diaz and several other participants.
A University of Pretoria staff member and a student told Bhekisisa anonymously that campus clinic health workers refer pregnant students considering terminating their pregnancies to the Amato Pregnancy Counselling Centre’s on-campus offices, opposite the university’s health facility.
On 28 May 2018, members of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) legal working group applied to be admitted as amici curiae in the matter between The Voice of the Unborn Baby NPC and the Catholic Archdiocese of Durban as Applicants, and the Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Health as Respondents. The SRJC legal working group includes representatives from the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), Women’s Legal Centre (WLC), Lawyers for Human Rights … Continued
Rhodes University’s Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research programme will be co-hosting a flagship conference to address abortion and reproductive justice issues in July. In cooperation with the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa, the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, the South African Department of Social Development, and the Open Society Foundations, the conference – Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III – will take place from … Continued
Medical abortion was introduced in 2011 in South Africa, is very effective and safe for abortion up to 9 weeks and does not require specialized surgical skills. However, introductory protocols required an ultrasound examination be done to date the pregnancy using equipment and expertise not widely available, especially in more remote rural areas. If women can remember the first day of their last menstrual period (LMP), this can be used to work out their pregnancy duration, and if community health workers (CHWs) can ascertain pregnancy duration from women’s LMP, this could assist expansion of medical abortion services into primary care public health facilities across the country.
From a young age, girls are exposed to posters on the side of the road reading “quick & painless abortion”. It doesn’t take long before this message is ingrained in their heads and such information is ready to be used in case they ever find themselves in this situation. Since its launch, Fem’s main goal is to guarantee connections to safe abortion providers for women. This is why, on Safe Abortion International Day, the … Continued
A draft bill by an anti-abortion Christian party proposes to amend the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 1996 to remove clauses that allow women to terminate pregnancies on socioeconomic grounds, which would cut out the great majority of abortions. It also seeks to remove provision for abortions after 20 weeks, e.g. for fetal abnormality, even though 60% of all pregnant women in South Africa do not even attend an antenatal clinic before their … Continued
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in South Africa. Government clinics offer safe abortion free of charge to women who are less than 20 weeks’ pregnant. So why are posters on the streets advertising backstreet services not only growing in numbers, but also in demand? In South Africa, there are regular news reports of so-called “baby dumping” and women who are found to have dumped a dead fetus are … Continued
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has tabled an anti-abortion private members bill for the speaker of the SA parliament to consider. The next steps are uncertain given recent processual changes affecting such bills in the name of widening democracy. The speaker could halt or it could be sent to a parliamentary committee for consideration. The Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) are working on a range of submissions and arguments for their members … Continued
An open access article based on in-depth interviews with women from both South Africa and Zimbabwe, which compare and contrast their reasons for abortion and having an abortion in widely differing legal contexts.