SOUTH AFRICA – Anti-abortion doctor accused of trying to dissuade a woman from having a legal abortion

Jacques De Vos, a doctor, has been accused of trying to dissuade a patient from terminating her pregnancy and of failing to respect the patient’s autonomy. He pleaded not guilty to the charges at a disciplinary hearing at the Health Professions Council of South Africa on 9 December 2019. His counsel argued that the doctor was acting in the best interests of both the mother and the baby “by trying to save the life of … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA – Plea to change the law to allow the right to fetal burial before 26 weeks of pregnancy

On 14 and 15 November 2019 the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard the plea of a group called Voice of the Unborn Baby, joined by the KwaZulu Natal Catholic Archdiocese. They challenged the provisions of the Births and Deaths Registration Act by asking the Court to declare that where a fetus has died at a gestational age younger than 26 weeks, the parents of the fetus should be given an option to bury it, … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA – 43 narratives of sex workers’ experiences of abortion

The Sexual & Reproductive Justice Coalition conducted research with @MYRIGHTTOCHOICE which was presented at their South Africa public heath conference on 17 September. They highlighted these stories on abortion gathered through body mapping of accessing SRHR services – informal and formal – with some of the graphics of the sex workers’ paintings. 

SOUTH AFRICA – Street Clean-up by Partners in Sexual Health and Siyakwazi Youth Network

To mark International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019, Partners in Sexual Health and the Siyakwazi Youth Network took down misleading abortion posters in Cape Town and replaced them with posters that have proper and accurate information. More images available via: @siyakwaziyouth / @PSH_SRHR

SOUTH AFRICA – Man sentenced to 12 years for killing 44-year-old girlfriend for having an abortion

The Polokwane High Court on Monday sentenced a 39-year-old man to 12 years in prison for killing his girlfriend in March 2018. Police officers near the woman’s home received a report that a woman was being stabbed on a farm. When the police arrived, they found her body with multiple stab wounds. The murderer had fled the scene but was tracked down to his hometown in Botswana and later extradited to stand trial in South … Continued

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