Unsafe abortion

Barriers to Womens Rights in Implementation of The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA) in KwaZulu- Natal

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Health Systems Trust

Unsafe abortions are recognised as a global health problem. It is estimated that, worldwide and annually, twenty (20) million abortions are induced by untrained people under medically unsafe conditions. It is further estimated that, worldwide and annually, eighty thousand (80 000) women die as a result of unsafe abortions while another five (5) million women suffer non-fatal health problems (UNDP) as a consequence of unsafe abortions.

Call for unit to root out illicit abortions

A separate unit dedicated to investigating illegal and backstreet abortion facilities may be needed to root out the increasing number of suspicious abortion facilities posing a danger to women's and public health.

Half of SA pregnancies end in abortion

Fifty percent of all pregnancies in South Africa end up in abortion and more than 500 000 women have had the procedure done since the introduction of the new laws in 1997.

10 000 abortions done in SA a week

For South Africa's anti-abortion campaigners, Thursday was a day of sadness and mourning. But for the government and women's rights groups, it was a day for victory and celebration.

Speech by the Minister of Health - Saving Mothers Report on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in

It gives me a great pleasure to address you this morning as we discuss the critical issue of the health of mothers in our country. This is one of the groundbreaking work that we have been involved in as country. I do not know of any other developing country that do not only record maternal deaths, but goes on to investigate the causes with the aim of preventing these unfortunate incidents.

SA teenagers still battle for access to abortion

A young girl falls pregnant and hides the fact from her parents, fearing their opprobrium. She visits a back-street abortionist, where an unsterile knitting needle is inserted into her vagina. Days later she is hospitalised for severe sepsis of the uterus. The teenager will never bear children again. She is one of the lucky ones.

Against the Grain: U.S. Abortion Policy from a Global Perspective

In 1973, the United States was part of a global trend to reform restrictive abortion laws that resulted in the unnecessary deaths and injuries of millions of women. After the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade secured the right to abortion, access to safe abortion care dramatically reduced maternal deaths and injuries. Despite this healthy trend, right-wing conservatives immediately began a crusade to undermine women's health and self-determination, promoting conservative ideology over public health interests and significantly limiting women's access to safe abortion services.

One Woman Dies in Childbirth Every Minute in Poor Countries:WHO

Giving birth in poor countries proves fatal for more than half a million women every year, or one every minute, the World Health Organisation said, warning preventable deaths have reached epidemic levels.

Back-street abortions: Good news and bad news

The same number of women are flocking to state hospitals to be treated for the consequences of botched or incomplete abortions as they did before terminations became legal five years ago.