Perhaps you’re considering having an abortion or maybe someone you care about is contemplating it. Either way, this procedure – the deliberate termination of a pregnancy – comes with a lot of questions.
Here’s a fact about abortions that will blow your mind: the incidence of abortions is not related to abortion legality. In other words, in countries where abortion is illegal, the number of terminations doesn’t decrease. Banning the procedure merely drives women to take dangerous steps to end their pregnancies.
“I was a scared 16-year-old girl in a relationship with 21-year-old Thulani* when I discovered I was pregnant,” says Lebo*. “Sometimes we used condoms but most of the time we didn’t because Thulani said it didn’t feel as good for him when we used a condom.
“People find it hard to believe that some women don’t want to be moms, but I didn’t,” says Grace, a 32-year-old professional who faced an unwanted pregnancy last year. She’s happy to be part of group of women sharing their abortion stories to help others.
Taz*, a 20-year-old student, was in a long-distance relationship when she discovered she was pregnant. “We’d been a bit careless when he’d come to visit me,” Taz says, adding that after some spontaneous unprotected sex, she’d taken the morning after pill. “Now I know the morning after pill is only 85% effective, because after he…
“Discovering that I was pregnant last year was a huge shock. I already had three teenaged children, and my husband and I knew we couldn’t grow our family any bigger.”
On the 10th of March 1993, Dr. David Gunn the first abortion provider murdered by the so-called “pro-life” movement was shot and killed for being an abortion provider.
In South Africa, we cannot talk about abortion providers without talking about Dr. Eddie Mhlanga, a man who has inspired and mentored many of South Africa’s abortion providers.
Today, we continue with the build up to Abortion Provider Appreciation day (10 March) and take into account that it is International Women’s Day so we see it fit that we celebrate a phenomenal woman, Professor Elna McIntosh.
As we approach Abortion Provider Appreciation day on the 10th Of March, we would like to celebrate some of the medical heroes who are working to provide safe abortion care for South African women.