Abortion service providers face judgment from colleagues
Aug 15, 2019
Lack of support for termination of pregnancy (TOP) service providers in the public health sector has led to an exodus of qualified people who can perform abortion services. Stigma and judgement from their colleagues make their working conditions so difficult that many opt to leave the service rather than continue to work in hostile environments.
According to Kgaladi Mphahlele, the Doctors Without Borders’ Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Manager in Rustenburg, North West, part of their work has been to train nurses and doctors who perform abortions, especially for women wanting them late in their pregnancy.
When is an abortion legal?
21 Feb 2017
Find out when you can terminate a pregnancy and who should be doing it.
Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 20 years but many women are still having unsafe abortions, performed by unqualified people. Recent research by the global human rights organisation Amnesty International found that many women don't know abortion is legal in South Africa, nor the level of care they are entitled to.
Less than 7% of the country's 3 880 health facilities provide abortions, according to the Amnesty International briefing document released in February.
In South Africa, abortion is legal up to 20 weeks of pregnancy but who performs the procedure can differ depending on how far along the pregnancy is, according to the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act
Continued at source: Bhekisisa: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-02-21-00-when-is-it-safest-to-have-an-abortion