This article was written by Marie Stopes South Africa; the largest non-profit provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the country.
This year, Mzansi celebrates 20 years since the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed, making access to safe abortion care the right of any girl (up to 20 weeks of pregnancy).
Even though its a woman’s legal right to have an abortion in SA, we still see roughly 52% of abortions being carried out by illegal providers (‘backstreet abortions’). Why?
Here are the most common reasons:
In #MTVShugaDS, we see Khensani struggling with teenage pregnancy, and eventually decide to terminate her pregnancy- unfortunately, she ends up in the hands of Mr Mgova who is most definitely not a safe provider of abortion care. How was Khensani to know?
Khensani’s situation shows us the need for young girls and women to be armed with the right information to protect their bodies against illegal abortion providers. Knowing this could have helped Khensani from all of the negative side-effects that can come with an illegal abortion…
How do I know if a provider is safe or not?
A safe abortion provider…
An unsafe abortion provider…
The differences between these two kinds of abortion treatments could not be greater. Getting a pregnancy test early is important too, as this gives you the time to explore all of your options.
Read more about the dangers of illegal abortions and how to know the difference between legal and illegal providers. You can also contact Marie Stopes online or on 080 011 7785 for more information or to make an appointment.