Stopping back-yard abortions

2015-08-12 06:00

POSTERS advertising “safe, fast, painless abortions”, which are littered across Pietermaritzburg, are a disgusting sight.

As you walk down any street in town you will see every pole, traffic light and any other available space, including rubbish bins and building walls, covered with these posters.

What do our visitors think of this?

If these abortions that are advertised are illegal, how is it that The Witness­ reporters can track down the perpetrators like “Doctor” so easily, while the police are unable to do so, or should I say “unwilling to do so”?

The pills used by the back-yard abortion clinics go by the name of Cytotec. Legally, one needs a doctor’s prescription to obtain these pills. But there doesn’t seem to be enough control as they are freely available to people like “Doctor”.

If the authorities want to cut down on back-yard abortions, as well as the litter of posters, they could reschedule the drug Cytotec.

Placing Cytotec with drugs such as morphine and cocaine in schedule six would close the door on the illegal backyard supply.

Furthermore, if “Doctor”, or anybody else is caught in possession of a schedule six substance, they would be charged with the illegal possession of drugs.

C. VANDERPLANK

Pietermaritzburg

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