SOUTH AFRICA – Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition members apply to join as a friend of the court to ensure women’s rights to safe, legal abortions are not eroded

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

FEATURE: ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Network Learning Discussion on Unsafe Abortion

Thabisani Ncube, Sex Rights Africa Network Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of South Africa writes: We carried out a Network Learning Discussion on 26 March 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe, that brought quite a number of civil society organisations (CSOs) with different capacities and operational fields who also work around ending unsafe abortion. We realised there was need for a space for CSOs working in the area to consolidate their efforts around understanding the legal framework and spaces … Continued

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 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

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 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

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. 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

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