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Legal vs illegal abortions

As a South African woman, you have a right to legal and safe abortions. We dive deeper into what exactly a “legal” and “illegal” abortion is, how to spot the difference and teach you how to make sure you exercise your right to legal abortion safely.Contact us to learn more on legal vs illegal abortions and educate yourself on safe pregnancy termination.

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Safe Abortions in South Africa

Never choose an illegal abortion provider. Unqualified abortion providers, like those who advertise on street corners or lamp posts, often use dangerous methods and operate in unsanitary environments. An illegal abortion can leave you seriously ill or infertile, and it could even kill you. It’s not worth the risk.

A safe, legal abortion is your RIGHT!
Whatever your circumstances, it’s your right to terminate up to 20 weeks into the pregnancy. It’s entirely your decision, and if it’s something you want to do, rest assured that’s it’s legal in South Africa to have an abortion

Remember: abortion is legal in South Africa, so there is no reason to ever visit an illegal service provider. If you have passed the 20-week mark, there are other options available to you, which we’ll talk you through and help you to understand.

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Safe Abortion FAQ

I JUST FOUND OUT THAT I AM PREGNANT, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

 
  • You have three options when facing an unplanned pregnancy. You can carry the pregnancy to term and raise a child yourself; you can continue with the pregnancy and place the child for adoption or in foster care or you can choose to have an abortion to terminate the pregnancy. It’s important that you take the time to consider all of your options and discuss the issue with your partner, a friend or a family member (if you feel safe and comfortable doing so). Ultimately the decision of whether or not to continue with the pregnancy should be yours.

AT WHAT AGE IS IT LEGAL TO DO ABORTION?

 
  • The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act states that a women can have an abortion at any age- you should never be denied the service because of your age. If you’re young we advise you to chat to a trusted adult (a parent, aunt or teacher) and ask someone to accompany you to the centre for your appointment, but this is not required.

WHY DO YOU ONLY START OFFERING ABORTIONS AT 4 WEEKS?

 
  • Before 4 weeks a pregnancy can be difficult to detect on a scan or by doing a physical exam. Sometimes even at 4 or 5 weeks a pregnancy can be too small to detect on a scan and you may be asked to rebook and visit the centre in another week. This is for your safety.

WHEN CAN I HAVE SEX AGAIN AFTER AN ABORTION?

 
  • We advise that you do not have vaginal intercourse or insert anything into your vagina for one week.

SAFE ABORTION PILLS VS SURGICAL ABORTION: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

 

Process abortion, sometimes referred to as the safe abortion pill,uses pills/tablets to terminate a pregnancy. The first set of tablets is taken orally in the clinic and the second set is taken later at home. Early surgical abortion (4-12 weeks) involves a gentle suction method, which the nurse will use to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. This is a very quick and simple procedure that takes less than 5 minutes. The Surgical abortion (12- 20 weeks) is a surgical procedure where the pregnancy is removed vaginally it is performed by a doc

WHY DO YOU STOP OFFERING ABORTIONS AT 20 WEEKS?

 

The law which governs abortion in South Africa restricts procedures at 20 weeks except in some cases where there is a threat to the woman’s healths

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