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 in two Cape Town, South Africa clinics (one public, one private) in 2014 – asked whether women could self-assess how many weeks pregnant they were, using a simple online calculator on their cell/mobile phones, and … 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.

© 2016 International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion.

WordPress Theme by Kadence Themes. Website by Kestrel Copy