Desperate Measures: Why do moms abandon babies?

Desperate Measures: Why do moms abandon babies?

2019-02-18
Nokuthula Khanyile

Poverty, rape, abuse and lack of documentation.

These are some of the many reasons some mothers choose to abandon their babies.

Experts say the shocking discovery of a newborn who was rescued alive from inside a stormwater drain in Durban this week, highlights an ongoing crisis that needs to be addressed urgently.

Continued: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/desperate-measures-why-do-moms-abandon-babies-20190218

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South Africa – Why black market abortion methods still in high demand despite it being legal

Why black market abortion methods still in high demand despite it being legal

29 January 2019

In South Africa abortion on demand has been legally available since February 1997 but still, there are reports of women dying of illegal abortion in the black market.

One argument is that black market tablets are easily available on the street for women and girls who wa

Continued: http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/335814/why-black-market-abortion-methods-still-in-high-demand-despite-it-being-legal

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South Africa – Stigma, shame and back street abortion pill

Stigma, shame and back street abortion pills

27 January 2019
Sherlin Barends

Cape Town - Sixteen. That’s how old I was the first time I bought a pregnancy test.

“It’s not for me, it’s for a life orientation project,” I nervously explained to the middle-aged woman on the other side of the counter.

Her raised eyebrows and pursed lips were a clear indication she didn’t believe me. She was right not to. There was no assignment that required me, a Grade 10 pupil at the time, to purchase a home pregnancy test.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/stigma-shame-and-back-street-abortion-pills-18990311

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Cops nab man selling abortion pills at Cape Town fast-food outlet, tablets valued at R270 000 seized

Cops nab man selling abortion pills at Cape Town fast-food outlet, tablets valued at R270 000 seized

2019-01-24
Sesona Ngqakamba

Western Cape police have discovered that you could get more than a takeaway at a fast-food outlet in Strand Street, Cape Town.

They've arrested a foreign national at the store after receiving a tip-off that he was selling various prescription drugs, including the abortion tablet Misopostrol, at the store.

Continued: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/cops-nab-man-selling-abortion-pills-at-cape-town-fast-food-outlet-tablets-valued-at-r270-000-seized-20190124

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South Africa – Illegal abortion clinics on the increase in both townships and suburbs

Illegal abortion clinics on the increase in both townships and suburbs

19 January 2019

It is a constitutional right in South Africa for women to demand for an abortion to be performed on them should they chose to, from as early as the age of twelve years. They can present themselves to a public facility, demanding for one, and it will be conducted without having to get consent from a parent.

However we have health practitioners who will refuse to perform abortion on the basis of their conscious, which is unacceptable. This results in people opting for a backyard abortion which places one's health at high risk.

Continued: http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/334561/listen-illegal-abortion-clinics-on-the-increase-in-both-townships-and-suburbs

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The African ‘Women’s Wave’ is powered by pro-choice Christian feminists

The African ‘Women’s Wave’ is powered by pro-choice Christian feminists

January 18, 2019
Meagan Clark

As a young girl without much education, Anwuli moved more than 500 km (or 300 miles) to the sprawling megacity of Lagos, Nigeria’s capital, to find work as a maid. She never imagined her employer, or “master” as the term is still used, a family man with two children, would rape her.

When Anwuli’s pregnant belly began showing, the man’s wife threw her out of the house before anyone could find out what her husband had done. Unemployed and living with a girl friend, Anwuli met a woman named Olive Iroegbu, a community health worker for a Christian organization that aims to educate youth about sexual health and help victims of sexual abuse.

Continued: https://themediaproject.org/news/2019/1/19/the-african-womens-wave-is-powered-by-pro-choice-christian-feminists

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‘It takes two to tango’ – Political party advocates for fathers to have a say in abortions

‘It takes two to tango’ – Political party advocates for fathers to have a say in abortions
Christians of South Africa (COSA) said in a media release that they will be "calling for parliament to amend the current abortion laws."

by Cheryl Kahla
2018-12-23

COSA President Pastor Derick Mosoana want fathers to consent to an abortion and believes that “young girls in this country are sequestered and misguided by their parents, through misconceptions or social ills and agree to terminate the life of an innocent child.” He added:

The Christian political party now calls for government to allow fathers to be part of the “kill or keep” discussion, and says the sole responsibility of should fall to both parents, or to legal guardians if the parents are underage.

Continued: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/political-party-advocates-dads-abortions/

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CONFERENCE REPORT – Decriminalisation of Abortion, Medical Abortion and Advocacy for Change

CONFERENCE REPORT - Decriminalisation of Abortion, Medical Abortion and Advocacy for Change
Oct 26, 2018

Three Discussion Workshops
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At: 3rd Abortion & Reproductive Justice Conference: The Unfinished Revolution
Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa, 9-12 July 2018

Report by Marge Berer with Christina Boateng and Pauline Diaz, 25 October 2018

This is an informal report of a set of three workshops, facilitated by Marge Berer, that took place over three days with almost 10 hours of in-depth discussion and sharing of information and experience among the participants. This report was written by Marge Berer, International Campaign Coordinator, and is based on notes taken by Christina Boateng, Pauline Diaz and several other participants.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Report-of-an-International-Campaign-Workshop-Abortion-Reproductive-Justice-Conference-South-Africa-9-12-July-2018.pdf cons

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Let’s call ‘conscientious objection’ by its name: Obstruction of access to care and abortion in South Africa

Let’s call ‘conscientious objection’ by its name: Obstruction of access to care and abortion in South Africa

Satang Nabaneh, Marion Stevens and Lucia Berro Pizzarossa
24th October 2018

South Africa has one of the most liberal laws on abortion and constitutionally recognizes reproductive rights as human rights. However, data shows important difficulties translating the legal norms into effective access to services. One of the key challenges is physicians’ refusal to perform abortions invoking an “ad hoc, unregulated and at times incorrect” conscientious objection. The Department of Health is now spearheading a reform of the abortion guidelines aiming to bring them in line with human rights standards and reframing the refusal as “obstruction of access to care”.

Continued: http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/lets-call-conscientious-objection-by-its-name-obstruction-of-access-to-care-and-abortion-in-south-africa/

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South Africa – #MyBodyMyChoice: The Right To Safe Abortion Is Protected By Law

#MyBodyMyChoice: The Right To Safe Abortion Is Protected By Law

Shaazia Ebrahim
On Oct 1, 2018

Cries of “my body, my choice”, “my vagina my choice” and “phansi unsafe abortions” rang in the air in the name of the campaign #MyBodyMyChoice. A group of people marched from Theatre Park in Braamfontein to Newtown Park in the name of access to quality reproductive healthcare services on Friday. There, an event featuring speeches from experts in the field, panel discussions, personal stories of women, and a musical performance was staged. Friday September 28 also marked International Safe Abortion Day.

The aim of the digital campaign #MyBodyMyChoice is to break the silence around abortion by connecting key audiences and create conversations around sexual and reproductive health and rights and abortion. It also aimed to emphasise that abortion is legal in South Africa and inform women about their rights and how to realise them.

Continued: http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/mybodymychoice-the-right-to-safe-abortion-is-protected-by-law-shaazia-ebrahim/

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