The Discussion on Conscientious Objection

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The Discussion on Conscientious Objection

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Nomtika

All roads led to Uruguay last week, between July 31st and August 4th, as 5 SRJC members took to Montevideo for the International Convention on Conscientious Objection.

The meeting, co-hosted by Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), featured policymakers, academics, health professionals, legal experts, and feminist activists who collectively established that objecting to the provision of voluntary abortion services on religious or moral grounds, is a chief barrier to safe abortion and endangers the lives of women.

Continued at source: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition: http://srjc.org.za/2017/08/10/the-discussion-on-conscientious-objection/

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South Africa: No Fetus Scan, No Abortion. Really?

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South Africa: No Fetus Scan, No Abortion. Really?

Aug 8, 2017

Draft bill would, for instance, undo clauses in SA law that provide for abortions in some cases of extreme birth defects.

A proposed amendment to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act would require that anyone seeking an abortion first undergo an ultrasound scan. In its draft bill, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) argues making this type of scan mandatory for abortion seekers will assist people to make "an informed choice".

Continued at source: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201708080318.html

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South Africa: Parliamentarian tries to curb abortion

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GroundUp: Parliamentarian tries to curb abortion

Terminating a pregnancy after 12 weeks will be much harder if a private member's bill passes.

Aug 1, 2017
By Safura Abdool Karim for GROUNDUP.

A Member of Parliament is trying to limit the right to abortion. Cheryllyn Dudley (ACDP) introduced a private member’s bill that proposes a severe departure from existing law.

Under current legislation, any woman may have an abortion up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. From week 13 to 20, a woman may have an abortion if the pregnancy poses a risk to her or it would “significantly affect” her “social or economic circumstances”. This last reason makes South African abortion law different to many other countries. It makes abortions accessible to almost all women up to their 20th week.

Continued at source: Daily Maverick: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-08-01-groundup-parliamentarian-tries-to-curb-abortion/

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South Africa: The Place Where You Can Get An Abortion At 8 ½ Months

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The Place Where You Can Get An Abortion At 8 ½ Months
Kerrie Simon-Lawrence
July 24, 2017
whimn.com.au

In South Africa, the illegal termination trade is flourishing.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world. Photo: Stocksy

There’s something that stands out at most traffic intersections in South Africa’s Johannesburg. It’s not the purple bursts of Jacaranda blooms that punctuate the sidewalks; nor is it the men and women who tap on your window to sell you knock-off Louis Vuitton phone cases. It’s the signs. Sticky-taped to telegraph poles, electricity boxes, even bus stops. “Pain-free abortion. Success guaranteed. Cheap.” The signs aren’t intended to shock, but rather to service an ever-growing market.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in South Africa. Government clinics offer safe abortion free-of-charge to women who are less than 20 weeks’ pregnant. If that’s the case though, then why are the backyard-style posters not only growing in numbers, but also in demand?

Continued at source: WHIMN: http://www.whimn.com.au/talk/news/the-place-where-you-can-get-an-abortion-at-8-months-warning-graphic-content/news-story/c5ffb9d7f5d8131f2f8270e54926a334

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South Africa: Abortion advice by SMS beats going back to the clinic‚ say patients in Cape Town study

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Abortion advice by SMS beats going back to the clinic‚ say patients in Cape Town study
June 26, 2017

SMS advice‚ a checklist and a simple home urine test are all most women need after a medical abortion‚ a Cape Town study has found.

A team led by Deborah Constant‚ of the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town‚ tried the approach on 525 women who had free abortions at six public sector clinics. And 92% said they would be happy to repeat the regimen in future.

Continued at source: Times Live: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-06-26-abortion-advice-by-sms-beats-going-back-to-the-clinic-say-patients-in-cape-town-study/?device=feature_phone

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New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

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New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Even though abortion is legal in South Africa for a broad range of indications, many women still encounter barriers when trying to access safe abortion care. Medical abortion, or abortion with pills, is not available in all areas of South Africa and has the potential to greatly improve women’s abortion access.

Two new articles by researchers from Ibis Reproductive Health, Ipas, the University of Cape Town, King Dinuzulu Hospital, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal add to the growing body of evidence on abortion in South Africa in support of making medical abortion more accessible.

Continued at source: Ipas: http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2017/April/New-studies-show-benefits-of-increasing-women-s-access-to-medical-abortion-in-South-Africa.aspx

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Abortion Is Legal in South Africa — But Illegal Clinics Are Thriving. Why?

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Abortion Is Legal in South Africa — But Illegal Clinics Are Thriving. Why?

“Legalizing abortion is one thing, but ensuring safe abortion is accessible can be quite another.”

Sian Ferguson
April 3, 2017

A faded poster with the word ‘ABORTION’ in purple capital letters is plastered on a lamppost near my house in Grahamstown, South Africa. At the bottom of the poster, a phone number is printed in large font. Similar posters can be spotted in cities like Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town. It might be on an electricity box in a small town, or on the side of a traffic light in a coastal area. The posters live all over South Africa — in fact, they’re so ubiquitous I rarely noticed them until a foreign friend mentioned them.

“Are these clinics legal?” she asked. “Because, I mean, abortion is legal here, right?”

Yes, abortion is legal here. The 1996 Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act allows trained doctors, midwives, and nurses to perform abortions on demand up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy, and for doctors to perform abortions thereafter under certain circumstances. The act was amended in 2003 to allow any health facility with a 24-hour maternity service to offer first trimester abortion services. South Africans are — at least theoretically — able to obtain abortions for free from public facilities.

Continued at link: The Development Set: https://thedevelopmentset.com/abortion-in-south-africa-is-legal-but-half-are-done-illegally-why-969ffcb7dfea

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South Africa: US Gag Rule to cause more abortion-related deaths

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Health-e News: US Gag Rule to cause more abortion-related deaths

HEALTH-E NEWS South Africa, 20 Mar 2017

The US Gag Rule, reintroduced in January, is likely to mean that many more women in the most vulnerable parts of the world will continue to die from unsafe abortions. HEALTH-E’s Amy Green reports.

“I remember the first time I saw a woman die from an unsafe abortion,” recalls Zani Prinsloo, a midwife with international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) where she manages maternal health projects in crisis zones around the world.

“I was on assignment and this lady came in, she was ash-grey. At the time, we took the history. She was bleeding and had taken a certain medication to induce abortion,” she said. “But it was too late. Our resources couldn’t save her – she had come to us too late.”

Prinsloo prefers to omit the names of the countries in which she has worked to protect the organisation’s projects and the work that they do there. But she told Health-e News that she has saved mothers in seven countries in Africa and the Middle East over the past four years.

Continued at link: Daily Maverick: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-03-20-health-e-news-us-gag-rule-to-cause-more-abortion-related-deaths/#.WNAJsrqXDMg

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

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#SizaMap: Where to get a safe, legal abortion in SA
15 Mar 2017
Ina Skosana, Joan van Dyk

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

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 20 years, yet the black market for backstreet abortions still flourishes.

A recent briefing report by human rights organisation Amnesty International found that less than 7% of the country’s 3 880 health facilities offered termination of pregnancy services.

As part of a February story on abortion, Bhekisisa asked the national health department for a database of public health facilities that offered these services and was told that no such list existed. Instead, it was told that databases of abortion providers were kept at district health offices.

Continued at source: Bhekisisa: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-03-15-where-to-get-a-safe-legal-abortion-in-south-africa-searchable-map-database-1

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South Africa: SMS platform set to ensure safe abortions

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SMS platform set to ensure safe abortions
Crime & Courts | 4 March 2017
Rabbie Serumula

Johannesburg - They advertise their illicit abortion services, and cellphone numbers, on posters stuck across the city.

But illegal abortions are unreliable and unsafe, and that’s why Phephisile Mathizerd has helped start a new initiative to link women to safe abortions in Gauteng - at their fingertips.

The new initiative, called FEM, is designed to give girls and women access to safe and legal abortions through an SMS platform.

Continued at source: IOL.co: http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/sms-platform-set-to-ensure-safe-abortions-8036676

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