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Abortion practices undermining reformist laws - experts

Chris Bateman

Abstract


A combination of stigma, ignorance of reformist laws and health care facilities that offer abortion services being ‘unidentifiable’ mean that 43% of designated facilities today fail to provide first-trimester pregnancy termination services.
This emerged at a Dialogue on Safe Abortions, attended by many of the country’s top experts on the subject and held at a Cape Town hotel last month.
Dr Eddie Mhlanga, Cluster Manager of Maternal, Child and Women’s Health in the national health department, said it was ‘very sad’ that 3 years after the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy (CTOP) Act was liberally amended, only 57% of designated TOP facilities (including Marie Stopes private clinics) were actually functional.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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termination of pregnancy, abortion

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(5):302,304.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-04-05
Date published: 2011-05-06

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