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Is a safe, legal abortion a human right?

  • Tlaleng Mofokeng is a South African doctor and a United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health.
  • She believes the right to a safe, legal abortion is a human right. 
  • Abortions became legal in South Africa in 1996, yet dangerous, illegal terminations of pregnancy are still taking place. 
  • Mofokeng says this is because abortion medication is expensive, too few health workers have been trained in how to perform the procedure and many aren’t prepared to conduct it. She spoke to Mia Malan.

Abortions became legal in South Africa almost three decades ago. Yet we still have plenty of unsafe, illegal abortions. Why? Mia Malan speaks to physician Tlaleng Mofokeng in this podcast. 
  • Read the full script here

Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.

Danny Booysen is a freelance audio technical producer and has over 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry.