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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Within South Africa, more than 20 years post democracy, the legal provisions on reproductive health and sexual orientation have been recognisable gains. It is a challenge though that these legal rights are not well realised and the struggles of many girls, young women and gender queer people remain unrealised in reproductive justice…
by Mariette Momberg, Jane Harries, Deborah Constant Reproductive Health 2016;13(40) In South Africa, use of medical abortion is available up to nine weeks of pregnancy, so timely access is essential. This pilot study – with 78 women seeking an abortion … Continued
The disconnect between the public health system’s abortion services and poor women needing abortions in South Africa seems to be a serious and ongoing one. A feature in 2011 on the subject in Johannesburg, for example, found that it was often poor women from Mozambique who were selling hair plaiting services on the street who were also selling abortion pills for R 200 each.
Abortion is a common medical experience, globally and in South Africa. Worldwide, approximately one in five pregnancies ends in abortion. But many societies understand abortion as a moral transgression, even if its benefits to public health are sanctioned legally. South Africa’s abortion culture reveals this paradox: abortion is often publicly condemned – by political authorities, healthcare workers, patients and their families – but privately sanctioned.