URUGUAY/SOUTH AFRICA – Abortion, health and gender stereotypes: a critical analysis of the Uruguayan and South African abortion laws through the lens of human rights

“…Undoubtedly, abortion is a human rights issue. But, when we talk about abortion and human rights, what do we talk about? Who do we talk about? When a topic is paradoxically so taboo and so common, so prevalent and so widely restricted, it is difficult to decide where our starting point should be. There are, indeed, multiple ways of critically grappling with the topic of abortion. This thesis critically analyses domestic laws that are considered ‘good laws’, using a human rights-based approach to health and engaging with broader societal concerns of power relations – gender stereotypes, more specifically…”


Infographic: @maite_nkoana7 April 2020 Marion Stevens, director of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition reports from a recent radio interviewand a Times Live article that clinics for both contraception and abortion remain open in South Africa with the support of Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Commission for Gender Equality, who has said they are essential heath services.  On 10 March 2020, the SRJC organised an event for Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, where they honoured Dr Marijke Alblas, who at 76 … Continued

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. 

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