‘Say no to illegal abortion’ — MEC Dhlomo

2018-03-21 06:01
One of the many illegal abortion posters.PHOTO: sourced

One of the many illegal abortion posters.PHOTO: sourced

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“THERE is a huge cry for pregnant ladies to go to professional nurses and doctors who are registered with the healthcare profession council of South Africa,” said Choices for Life Pregnancy Research Centre Manager Zoe Bridge.

With more posters plastered on streets poles around Durban, it is hard to turn a blind eye to the posters that promise “free abortion” or “abortion clinic available” or “one day no pain abortion”.

According to KZN Department of Health Minister MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, the department is against the illegal termination of pregnancy and will continue to fight for these illegal clinics to be shut down. This comes after the SAPS recently arrested a Durban couple who operated an illegal abortion clinic.

He urged women to remember that those who choose to terminate a pregnancy have a constitutional right to do so in a safe environment, where they will not be subjected to any judgment and stigma.

“Since the department began its anti-illegal abortion campaign in 2016, fewer women are presenting at health facilities with health complications as result of these backstreet abortions.

“The department has gone all out, creating anti-illegal abortion awareness, staging marches and removing stickers that promote this practice. We commend the work done by our police,” he said.

“If anybody has any pressure to terminate a pregnancy, the right place to go is a clinic or a hospital. That is where you will find people who are trained to provide this service. Do not go to a backstreet abortion facility.

“Many people who have gone there have not come back to tell the story. They have died, so we are really concerned with the Department of Health.”

“These are professionals who have undergone special training and are equipped to do the procedures. Safe abortions are called termination of pregnancy for women who are up to 20 weeks pregnant (according to the Choice on Termination of the Pregnancy act amended 2008). There are two methods for termination: the abortion pill and a slight procedure,” said Bridge.

She continued to say that the choice of termination act recognises that women’s right to terminate her pregnancy on a women’s fundamental physical, psychological and social health.

“As a pregnancy centre ... we stress that there are emotions that need to be dealt with, and we offer free counselling for pre-abortion and post-abortion, however, there are many options available for women in distress. You can contact us on
031 9037359 or visit us at 10 Nelson road,” said Bridge.


DHLOMO SAID THE DANGERS OF
ILLEGAL ABORTIONS INCLUDE:

• death;

• severe bleeding;

• uterine perforation;

• tearing of the cervix;

• severe damage to the genitals and abdomen;

• internal infection of the abdomen and blood poisoning; and

• increased risk of infertility.

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