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.

Academic paper: Simple online calculator for women to self-assess length of pregnancy for early medical abortion eligibility in South Africa

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

Arrested for selling abortion pills illegally in South Africa

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.

The culture of illegal abortion in South Africa

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.

Petition to South African Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi

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Abortions are legal in South Africa, but women still can’t access them due to lack of information, argues a petition directed at South African Ministry of Health. The demands drafted by the Sexual & Reproductive Justice Coalition include making lists of all abortion facilities public, ensuring that medical abortion guidelines are passed and training health workers to provide care for women who need abortion-related emergency treatment.

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