Just a few days before the 45th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) announced the launch of the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, a national network of US state legislators committed to leadership on reproductive rights. State capitals have been central to the fight over reproductive freedom in recent years, and now, over 200 state legislators from 40 of the US’s 50 states have … Continued
BuzzFeed Health asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to write about their abortions. The form was shared widely and translated into multiple languages. They received over 1,200 responses to the English form alone. They published nine of the stories. Here are a few excerpts: I did it with pills (misoprostol)… No one should have to go through this alone, so I studied hard and I became like an underground expert in abortion…When I was 16 … Continued
The young woman started undressing while the man prepared the medication, breaking one tablet in half. She took off her jeans and her panties and lowered herself on to the mattress on the floor. The man put on a pair of white surgical gloves, then got down on his knees at the foot of the makeshift bed. He slowly pushed the tablets into her vagina. The 23-year-old woman was lying in a flat in downtown … Continued
A young, married woman has an unsafe abortion in an illegal clinic. She is taken by her husband to the public hospital, where she is admitted and made to wait eight hours before she is attended by a doctor. She is feverish and bleeding. The doctor refuses to treat her, saying that they don’t do abortions in that hospital and abortion doesn’t happen in the hospital. A researcher describes the painful experience of illegal abortion and its consequences of poor treatment, verbal abuse and failure to receive care.
Some of the women chose to have illegal abortions due to the stigma around the procedure, lack of funds and a lack of information. Others went the legal route, but experienced shaming nonetheless. All of them said they hoped their stories will help educate women in South Africa about the importance of safe abortions.