Health dept must probe illegal abortions – ANC

2009-12-02 11:55

The ANC in Gauteng yesterday called on the health department to

probe the peddling of pills used for inducing labour to terminate


“The health department investigation should be prompt and effective

as the street peddlers continue to do damage and take advantage of desperate and

vulnerable people,” the party said.

This after a report in the Sowetan on the availability of the drug

Misoprostol on the streets of Soweto. The pill is used to induce labour to

terminate pregnancy.

The party said it was “most worrying” that those peddling the drug

in the streets allegedly work with employees at the Chris Hani Baragwanath


“These street peddlers are dangers to society. Those under the

employ of the hospital should face the full might of the law,” said the


The Sowetan report said the pills were available from R200 to R750

depending on how far a women was into her pregnancy.

The drug can only be obtained from a pharmacy and according to the

Medical Control Council, it was a criminal offence to be in possession of it,

the report said.

The ANC warned women against using the drug.

“We equally do not understand why people rush to street peddlers

because abortion is legal in South Africa,” it said.

Health department spokesman Mandla Sidu could not immediately be

reached for comment.

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