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South Africa legalised abortion decades ago but a lack of information on where to get one and health workers willing to terminate pregnancies still stand between people and safe abortions.

When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here’s...

How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – and mapped contraception services too.

No fetus scan, no abortion. Really?

A draft bill is likely to virtually remove women’s access to safe abortions.
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South Africa legalised abortion decades ago but a lack of information on where to get one and health workers willing to terminate pregnancies still stand between people and safe abortions.

Less than 7% of health facilities nationwide offer abortions – Amnesty International

In some provinces, safe, free abortions may only be provided at about 260 public facilities.
Abortion rates in developed countries are decreasing but not in the developing world.

More married women than singles have abortions

Nearly 90% of terminations of pregnancies are performed in developing countries such as South Africa and Nigeria.
Malawi's women suffer in silence as the country continues to outlaw abortions but change may be on the horizon.

Will rape survivors finally be able to have legal abortions?

Unsafe terminations in Malawi may be curbed after a new law is enacted, but it’s just the first step
South Africa legalised abortion decades ago but a lack of information on where to get one and health workers willing to terminate pregnancies still stand between people and safe abortions.

Medical conscientious objectors who scupper abortions deny women their rights

Conscientious objectors who refuse to perform abortions or related services for moral reasons may have become a law unto themselves.
South Africa legalised abortion decades ago but a lack of information on where to get one and health workers willing to terminate pregnancies still stand between people and safe abortions.

People need to know more about abortion and contraception

A number of fallacious assumptions undermine the effectiveness of measures to prevent or terminate a pregnancy, writes Catriona Macleod.
Lives at risk: Police arrested six people in Johannesburg last week for running an illegal abortion clinic.

Obstacles persist for safe, legal termination

The World Health Organisation estimates that one in five pregnancies globally end in induced abortion.
Bloody business: Aborted foetuses at an illegal abortion clinic in Jo'burg.

Abortion turns into a nightmare

Personal beliefs sometimes collide with healthcare providers’ professional responsibilities.
Eddie Mhlanga is one of the authors of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act.

‘I opened her up and found her womb was rotten from the infection’

Obstetrician Eddie Mhlanga often had to attend to women who had unsafe abortions during apartheid, when abortion was illegal in South Africa.
Trumped: The US takes its controversial stances over abortion to the United Nations. (Shealah Craighead)

SA US face-off over the world’s first declaration on universal healthcare

The US takes its controversial stances over abortion to the United Nations (Photo: Shealah Craighead)

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