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.

SOUTH AFRICA: Maternal Health and Access to Safe and Legal Abortion event

The South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) Standing Committee of Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS presented a Workshop on Maternal Health and Access to Safe and Legal Abortion in commemoration of 28 September. The event saw more than 50 medical and nursing students as well as numerous SRHR organisations come together to speak and discuss on numerous topics pertaining to Maternal Health and Abortion, including: • Dr Roland E Mhlanga, a specialist in obstetrics … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA: A march and an article calling for an end to abortion stigma

In South Africa, a march was held on 27 September in Greenpoint, Cape Town, that called for an end to abortion stigma. ‪#‎28Sept‬ ‪#‎endabortionstigma‬ ‪#‎EASISA‬ ‪#‎reproductivejustice The article: Abortion: it happens all the time by Marion Stevens and Rishita Nandagiri Why is it that rather than public, safe spaces to access essential information on abortion to make informed decisions, women in South Africa are reduced to whispered phone calls to friends-of-friends for a non-judgemental voice that provides accurate … Continued

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