Illegal abortion posters litter streets

2015-08-25 06:00
Illegal abortion posters on the streets of Pinetown.
PHOTO: supplied

Illegal abortion posters on the streets of Pinetown. PHOTO: supplied

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STREET-POLE posters are some of the cheap marketing and advertising strategies used by illegal abortion clinics and Pinetown as well as Upper Highway streets have become their targets. Posters advertising “Cheap Abortion, One Day, No Pain” are becoming the order of the day and with increase of teenage pregnancy these clinics offer cheap and unsafe ways of terminating an unwanted baby.

Communication and marketing head of Marie Stopes South Africa (MSSA), Andrea Thompson said: “A market for illegal and unsafe abortion providers has been created and flyers advertising and#039;Safe, Pain Free, Quick and Cheap Abortionsand#039; litter the streets.

“These illegal abortion providers target disadvantaged, vulnerable women and put their lives at risk by working outside all laws governing the provision of this specialised medical intervention.”

The Fever reporter contacted one of the clinics to find out how it operates and a clinic staff member, who did not want to be identified, said: “We can do the job in one day by giving you liquid medication for you to drink which will terminate the baby. You can either drink it at the clinic or at home, but make sure you are alone in the room for the whole day,” she said

“It makes the job difficult for us when you are four months pregnant so thatand#039;s why we charge a higher price and we have male and female doctors so you can choose who you want.”

Thompson said unsafe terminations are more likely to lead to complications, such as hemorrhaging, septicaemia, internal organ damage, tetanus, sterility, and even death and varying methods are used by unsafe providers, which include ingesting mixtures and inserting objects or instruments into the womb that will cause rupture and septicaemia. “Early warning signs of incomplete and unsafe terminations are fever, shivering, smelly discharge, haemorrhaging, lower extreme abdominal pain, high temperature and anaemia,” said Thompson.

MSSA sees the consequences of illegal abortions in their clinics every day and run educational programmes and outreach projects to educate women on their rights to access safe and legal termination of pregnancy, and family planning services.

Thompson advises women seeking a pregnancy termination to look for a brand like Marie Stopes or ask at the Department of Health to find out the names of approved clinics.

“Look for a landline number and not just a cellphone number and inquire about the practitioner’s after-hours contact details in case of emergency.

“They [pregnant woman] must also get counselling which will provide them with all the information they require to make an informed decision.

“Patients should not pay until they are satisfied with the service and get a receipt and make sure the facility is at a fixed address in clinical surroundings and not on a street corner,” she added

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