Elna McIntosh

Letter to the Editor - Lifting the Lid on Illegal Abortions

Your article 'Lifting the Lid on Illegal Abortions, 16 October 2007' makes clear the need for greater public awareness regarding the legality of termination of pregnancy (TOP), as well as for increased advocacy on behalf of women seeking TOP in South Africa. There were a few inaccuracies in the data presented. We are writing to correct these and to further convey the significance of the barriers women continue to face when attempting to access safe, legal TOP despite the passage of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA) in 1996.