Abortion used as birth control by teens

2011-05-25 07:19

Most South African teenagers use abortion as a form of contraception.

The New Age reported today that doctors in the public sector warned after more than 400 000 legal abortions were performed in the country between 2008 and last year.

This was revealed by statistics from the national health department and Marie Stopes Clinic, a non-governmental clinic with 37 branches across the country.

The figure does not include legal abortions performed by other NGOs, private sector and the illegal operations.

“It is shocking how girls as young as 17 have resorted to using abortion as a form of contraception,” said a member of the Junior Doctors Association and head of War Against Teenage Pregnancy Dr Adelaide Narx.

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