20th anniversary of legal abortion in South Africa yet unsafe backstreet abortions persisting

  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in South Africa. Government clinics offer safe abortion free of charge to women who are less than 20 weeks’ pregnant. So why are posters on the streets advertising backstreet services not only growing in numbers, but also in demand? In South Africa, there are regular news reports of so-called “baby dumping” and women who are found to have dumped a dead fetus are … Continued

Abortion plea for sexually abused 10-year-old, India

  When a news story reveals a serious instance of injustice, it is not unusual for other stories along the same lines also begin to get into the press and media. This has happened in India with requests for abortion by pregnant women with serious fetal anomalies and by girls and women – and now a ten-year-old girl from Chandigarh – who have been raped or sexually abused and seek an abortion later in their … Continued

Abortion is in the news and in the courts across India

Perhaps the most important headline is that 10 women die every day in India as a result of unsafe abortion. That some 30,200 abortions take place daily in India, half of which are unsafe, causing some 3,600 women to experience complications resulting in morbidity and mortality on a daily basis. That unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal deaths in India, contributing to 8% of all maternal deaths annually.  In a country that … Continued

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