The Place Where You Can Get An Abortion At 8 ½ Months
July 24, 2017
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?