Access denied: #SafeAbortion in South Africa

How the ACDP peddled unproven fact in its bid to tighten SA's abortion laws

Africa Check, Gopolang Makou

The party cannot substantiate claims it made before Parliament in March, finds Africa Check.


Why it could cost less than R120 per year to save a life

Alex Ezeh, Ann Starrs

Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.


Abortion in South Africa: A reporting guide for journalists

Bhekisisa team

Bhekisisa's new manual provides handy information on abortion data in South Africa, how procedures work and what the law says.


Slice of Life: 'I shared my abortion experience on Facebook and it went viral'

Nelisiwe Msomi

A horrifying experience at an illegal abortion provider led Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile to use social media to help women access safe abortion services


Download our easy-to-use safe abortion graphics in 11 languages for free

Bhekisisa team

Abortion has been legal for more than 20 years in SA but many people still don't know when or where they can get safe terminations. These can help.


13 things that will change the way you look at abortion

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Everyone’s got an opinion on it but can we say the same about the facts?


A grim anniversary: Hundreds of clinics close as Trump’s gag rule turns one

Ryan Lenora Brown

Governments and even anonymous do-gooders are stepping into fill the funding gap left by the US decision, but their pockets will never be deep enough.


Forced abortions: A new frontier in the war on women's bodies?

Pontsho Pilane

Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.


'I told them I had a miscarriage. But the nurses knew what had really happened'

Ryan Lenora Brown, Adri Kotze

Go inside the international network of women willing to break the law to give people access to termination of pregnancy services.


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

Joan van Dyk

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


'They made me feel like a murderer': Stigma endangers women seeking legal abortions

Joan van Dyk

Bontle Mabe turned to a loan shark to fund her abortion after she was turned away for five days in a row at her local clinic.


Abortion: Government to get tougher on doctors with moral objections

Yogan Pillay

Draft guidelines will look to balance a doctor or nurse's right recuse themselves from performing abortions with a person's right to choose.


Loophole could protect South African organisations from US gag rule on abortions

Pontsho Pilane

Experts say confusion over the rights of local healthcare workers to provide the service while receiving US funds only benefits Trump administration.


No fetus scan, no abortion. Really?

Nelisiwe Msomi

A draft bill is likely to virtually remove women’s access to safe abortions.


Did Trump just sentence 10,000 Nigerian women to death?

Ruth Maclean

Nearly 2 million unwanted pregnancies and thousands of deaths would have been prevented had Trump not pulled funding for reproductive health.


Condoms at school? Yes, says a new education policy

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Parents and staff can no longer keep contraception out of schools in the case of children 12 years and older.


#SizaMap: Where to get a safe, legal abortion in SA

Joan van Dyk

No national database of legal abortion providers in South Africa existed – so Bhekisisa made one.


When is an abortion legal?

Ina Skosana

Find out when you can terminate a pregnancy and who should be doing it.


'It didn't take long for [the fetus] to come out. There was a human-like form.'

Ina Skosana

Left with little choice, many women turn to illegal abortionists to terminate their pregnancies.


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

Ina Skosana

In some provinces, safe, free abortions may only be provided at about 260 public facilities.


[From our archives] More married women than singles have abortions

Ina Skosana

Nearly 90% of terminations of pregnancies are performed in developing countries such as South Africa and Nigeria.


Medical conscientious objectors who scupper abortions deny women their rights

Indira Govender

Conscientious objectors who refuse to perform abortions or related services for moral reasons may have become a law unto themselves.


Women in Africa least likely to use contraception

Amy Green

Only one out of three married women and sexually active teenage girls on the continent use contraception.


Young women told: ‘If a man touches you, you’ll get pregnant’

Unintended pregnancies and abortions in Nigeria could be reduced if myths are dispelled and young women have the right information.


Abortion turns into a nightmare

Ina Skosana

Personal beliefs sometimes collide with healthcare providers’ professional responsibilities.


Contraceptives: South Africans are still out of the loop

Ina Skosana

Human error and scant access to preventative measures continue to cause unintended pregnancies, many of which lead to abortion.


Maternal deaths highlight poor state of hospitals

Ina Skosana

NGOs use maternal deaths to illustrate the dire state of Mpumalanga hospitals.


Stuck in a destructive cycle of poverty and teen pregnancy

Ina Skosana

To understand Mpumalanga's teen pregnancies, look closely at the much older men calling the shots.