Health Dept ignores Christian group’s abortion protest

2008-08-10 00:00

A group of women from Christians For Truth, an inter-denominational group with a membership of more than 250 000 countyrwide, used Women’s Day in Pietermaritzburg to protest the legalisation of abortion.

According to the organisation, more than 500 000 abortions have been performed since it was legalised in 1997.

Pastor Derrick King said a group of women, clad in black and carrying small coffins, marched to Natalia building in the hope that Health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni or her representative would meet them.

The marchers were disappointed as nobody from the Health Department arrived.

Jenny Christmas, who led the march, said that while the government thought that legalising abortions would lead to the decrease in the number of backstreet abortions, this is not happening.

She claims that in fact more backstreet abortions are being performed.

“If you look around the city there are hundreds of pamphlets on walls offering ‘safe abortions’. When one of our members called on the telephone number provided on the pamphlet, she was told to meet behind a city supermarket and bring R500 for tablets,” she said.

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