“But I did not want to have a child (.) without a father. It would also influence my finding another husband. … What do you do with a baby without a father? The child will be (.) there forever. You cannot hide the child and until you die, it will be a reminder that you had a child without a father.”
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.
One in six children in Argentina is born to a teenage mother
“T” was 17 when she had her first child. Two years later, she has a second, aged nine months. She is bringing them up alone, in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, because her partner was arrested two months into the second pregnancy. Her only sources of income are house cleaning and collecting waste cardboard. She works long hours and pays a friend to look after her children.
Welfare groups say the poor have children earlier and that 69% of teen pregnancies are not planned