SOUTH AFRICA – A draft bill to prevent abortions

  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 … Continued

20th anniversary of legal abortion in South Africa yet unsafe backstreet abortions persisting

  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 … Continued

South African anti-abortion party has tabled yet another bill in Parliament

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. … Continued

SMS technology being pilot-tested to boost access to safe abortion services in South Africa

  In South Africa, in spite of the fact that the country has had one of the most liberal abortion laws on the African continent since 1997, a recent study by Ipas found that some 30% of South African women … Continued

Barriers to Safe and Legal Abortion in South Africa

Only about 260 of the country’s 3,880 health facilities provide abortions, according to recent research by Amnesty International. In a briefing report released in February they said the health department has an obligation to guarantee women access to abortion services, but … Continued

The Big Debate: Reproductive Health in South Africa

A video of a lively TV debate with a panel and enthusiastic contributions from the audience on abortion, sex, sex education, contraception and women’s lives and relationships. It was aired on 23 November 2016; the audience included abortion rights advocates, health professionals and many young women. The MEC is Qedani Mahlangu.

Clinical outcomes and women’s experiences before and after the introduction of mifepristone into second-trimester medical abortion services in South Africa

The introduction of a combined mifepristone-misoprostol regimen into public sector second-trimester medical abortion services in South Africa has been successful with shorter time-to-abortion events, less extreme pain and greater acceptability for women. High rates of uterine evacuation for placental tissue need to be addressed.

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