• Under South African law, abortion has been legal for more than 25 years, but illegal providers still operate.
  • Bogus abortion providers usually advertise on street poles and at bus stops. But they are also on the internet and social media – and their ads often make them look legit.
  • Tshinondiwa Ramaite, a gender policy advisor at the reproductive health organisation, Ipas, says they have found many illegal and unsafe abortion providers online since 2020. She explains how to spot unlawful abortion providers on the internet.

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 25 years. Yet illegal providers continue to put people’s lives at risk. Dubious providers can exploit platforms like Google Search and Facebook to advertise their services. Tshinondiwa Ramaite from the reproductive health organisation, Ipas, explains how to spot ads from a bogus clinic.
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Health journalist and television producer

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Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa. She graduated with an honours degree in journalism, specialising in broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking, from Rhodes University in 2020.