TC was two months pregnant when she slipped the pink pills inside herself, lay down on her bed, and prayed they would do their job. They had to. She was 22. Her boyfriend, a foreign student in Zimbabwe on a scholarship, loved her fiercely. But he was broke. So was she. She lived with her cousin and didn’t have a job. A baby simply was not in the cards. For days, she tried to hide … Continued
A community dialogue in Bindura on abortion was organised by a consortium of NGOs, including Right Here, Right Now, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Real Open Opportunities Trust Support and Katswe Sisterhood in the last week of November 2018. Zimbabwe has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, estimated at 651 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births, in contrast to a declining worldwide trend. Members of the National Assembly from three … Continued
Four in 10 women in Zimbabwe who had clandestine abortions in 2016 experienced complications – such as haemorrhage and infections – that required medical treatment. However, only half of women who needed treatment received it.
Health facilities that are meant to offer post-abortion care in Zimbabwe are experiencing shortages of misoprostol, an essential medication for providing this service. Research conducted by Prof Tsungai Chipato, from the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, in conjunction with the Guttmacher Institute, the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Women’s Action Group, showed that 55% of health facilities had run out of misoprostol, 35% had … Continued
Calls to amend Zimbabwe’s highly restrictive abortion law, dating back to 1977, are mounting amid growing awareness of the large number of teenage girls dying from backstreet abortions, activists say. According to UN data, Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality ratio of 443 deaths per 100,000 live births is triple that of South Africa, where abortion is legal. Abortion in Zimbabwe contributes about 16% of maternal deaths, according to Bernard Madzima, head of Family Health in the Health … Continued
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
When Ms Mapingure was raped during an armed robbery in 2006, she never imagined that events of that fateful night would haunt her for the rest of her life. Soon after the incident she reported the matter to the police so that she could be assisted to get medical assistance to stop her from conceiving. They referred her to the hospital where the medical personnel on duty refused to “drain the sperms from her body”. … Continued
Pro-Choice: A step towards universal access to reproductive health services, 27 June 2017 The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) notes with deep concern and interest the current discussions around abortion in the country. We note that the current legislation, the Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1977 [Chapter 15:10], does not provide for willful termination of pregnancy outside prescribed situations and conditions such as rape, incest and medical complications. We also recognize that such … Continued
In a series of three articles, the Zimbabwe Herald has reported widely differing views on the subject of abortion as an issue for Zimbabwe’s parliament, as a public health issue, as an issue of religion and morality, and as a source of suffering for women. The first article was prompted by Hon Dr Ruth Labode, MP for Matabeleland North province and chairwoman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care, calling for … Continued
An open access article based on in-depth interviews with women from both South Africa and Zimbabwe, which compare and contrast their reasons for abortion and having an abortion in widely differing legal contexts.