There are plenty of myths surrounding abortion – for example, that women who terminate a pregnancy will regret it (we busted that myth here), or that all women who have abortions are young and irresponsible, often adolescents or students.
It’s not always the woman who decides on her own to have an abortion. In many cases, a couple makes the decision together…
Have you ever noticed anti-choice protesters demonstrating outside sexual health clinics? These people believe women aren’t entitled to reproductive health rights, and are trying to scare or humiliate them for utilising these services.
When Karen*, aged 43, discovered she was pregnant, it was a massive shock. Her two kids were already out of the house, and with nappies, schooling and the teen years behind her, she simply couldn’t imagine raising another child – nor could she afford to. Her financial situation simply didn’t allow for another baby.
When Rakhi* discovered she was pregnant at the age of 23, she knew she was not in a position to bring a child into the world. Even though she’d been dating her boyfriend since they were at university, she was not sure that they were ready to have a child.
What you need to know about cheap ‘pain free’ abortions It was Thandi’s* worst nightmare: she was about to start studying towards her dream career when she found out she was pregnant. She knew this could ruin all her future plans, plus she wasn’t even sure that she and her boyfriend were all that serious.
Imagine this scenario: A young woman finds herself facing an unplanned pregnancy. She panics: She’s not ready to have a baby and she anguishes over what to do. Finally, she makes a choice. Over the years, she wonders whether she did the right thing, and at times, she regrets the decision she made.
Discovering you have an unwanted pregnancy can be a huge shock, and it’s important to take some time to consider the options available to you before making a decision.
An unintended pregnancy can be a serious shock and it can also make you feel scared, panicky, angry or hopeless – so just imagine how your partner is feeling! This is why you need to take a moment to step back, take a breath and relax: An unplanned pregnancy doesn’t have to be the end…
Your body, your choice… or is it? What are your rights when it comes to contraception and pregnancy termination? Here, we help you to understand.