31% hike in abortions in 2011 - health dept

2012-08-21 10:33

Johannesburg - A total of 77 771 legal abortions were performed in South Africa in 2011, which indicated a 31% increase since 2010, according to a report on Monday.

In 2010, the health department said, 59 447 abortions were carried out.

The latest statistics translate to nearly 25 000 more than the annual average for legal abortions over the past ten years, Beeld reported.

The province with the highest abortion rate is the Free State, where 21 994 abortions were performed during 2011, followed by 12 138 in the North West and 11 239 in Gauteng.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi released the statistics on Monday, in response to a parliamentary question.

His spokesperson, Joe Maila, said the latest figures were a matter of great concern.

"We are very worried. Not only about the high statistics, but also about the fact that so many people are having unprotected sex... it's clear that people are not using contraceptives like condoms, so they are exposing themselves to serious illnesses like Aids," he said.

Cheryllyn Dudley, ACDP MP, said on Monday that her party was very disappointed in the latest figures.

"It looks like we're moving in a direction where human life is being increasingly disregarded and treated with contempt. People are becoming so cold-hearted. It starts with unborn babies and ends with miners being shot," she said.

  • barry.brian.98 - 2012-08-21 10:42

    A "disregard for human life" would be letting these children be brought up with parents who did not want them, could not take care of them or would abandon them in a dustbin outside KFC.

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-08-21 10:51

      It continues to amaze me that billions of dollars are spent to find a single cell in space, just to prove there is life. Yet within a womb a combination of cells in the form of a human is not acknowledge as life and therefore abortions are allowed. The world is sick...

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 10:57

      "Disregard for human life" would be contributing more mouths to feed on an already over populated planet. All these bleeding hearts and humanitarians are doing more damage than good.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-21 10:59

      @FoodForThought - you are playing on emotions and ignoring facts. It amazes be that 100's of Billions of USD is spent on wars to END HUMAN LIFE. Yet you only focus on the positive effort to FIND LIFE in the universe. Your world is sick...

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-08-21 11:08

      @Adriaan, I do not see this article talking about war etc. Stick to the point of discussion, in this case abortion...

      zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:20

      Foodforthought If you’re a human and kill babies, you’re a monster. But if you’re a kind, loving, just god, then sometimes it is just the right thing to do. Perhaps you pro-life loonies should start protesting your god, since he’s the one who: 1. Kills 1/4 of all potential humans through natural miscarriages 2. Doesn’t stop or persuade women from having abortions 3. Lets thousands of children die each day of starvation, 4. Lets millions of children be physically abused by their family, and 5. Slaughtered innocent children numerous times in the Bible. All Christians should be pro-choice. The Bible is pretty specific about this. It says punishment should be an eye for an eye, life for life, etc., and in the same passage it says that if a man hits a pregnant woman and causes her to miscarry, he only has to pay fine (to the woman's husband). Because he doesn't have to pay with his life, he clearly did not take a life. Abortion is not murder. The Bible says so. Forced abortion is wrong (not as bad as murder), but the Bible says nothing at all about voluntary abortion. Of course, since when do Christians actually listen to what the Bible says?

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:23

      Foodforthought, I do not see this article talking about space travel. Stick to the point of discussion, in this case abortion...

      marc.klynhans - 2012-08-21 11:27

      zaatheist, you are so uninformed.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:36

      marc.klynhans Please inform me then. Don't just post baloney.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 12:27

      I suppose I need to point out the irony of a Christian telling someone else they're "uninformed" You're the one believing in the make believe buddy...

      lovell.trevor - 2012-08-21 13:30

      @zaatheist you're a troll. At no point did any religious topic enter this discussion. This is an article about cold, hard statistics. What seems apparent in this article is that people are using abortion as a form of contraception. It seems that it's easier to have an abortion than to take a pill or wear a condom or just keeping your pants zipped.

  • NickvanderLeek - 2012-08-21 10:44

    77 771 legal abortions were performed in South Africa last year. That's more dead babies than all murders and car accidents put together and then doubled.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 10:52

      Almost 80 000 people that the tax-payer doesn't need to support. 80 000 less mouths for our already stressed planet to feed. The planet is only able to support 5 Billion people, we have 60 Billion. Abortion should be compulsory if you already have more than 1 child.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-08-21 11:04

      chapa, last time i checked we had +- 7 billion.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:20

      randomhero, you are correct. Sorry, I made a balls up. Read added some zeros. Current population: 6 billion Maximum sustainable population: 500 million.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-21 11:24

      @Havokreeka - Out of interest can you tell me your references for the 500 million figure. As far as I can tell 7 Billion is unsustainable, but 500 million seems to be a bit low from the research I have seen.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 11:35

      Dead babies? They are merely an accumulation of cells in the process of multiplying to a point where a baby human is formed. If the baby is already formed with brain etc, then I'll accept it is a human - before that, its just cells. To compare abortions with murder and car accidents is just an attempt to sensationalise your opposition to abortions, there is no comparison. Please be honest.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:39 These bad boys were funded by Corporate America. You know, those guys that own everything. Although it's all speculation as to who funded the project. Please have a look at the current state of the planet and tell me we're doing fine. Starvation, pollution and poverty are all rife. We're running out of drinkable water and fossil fuels. Perhaps I'm biased, because out of the 70 odd thousand I see at least 50 thousand criminals. So before all the bleeding hearts start bitching about abortion, maybe they should do something to help those that have already have been born. It just makes no sense to me complaining about it when there are people starving to death every day on the very same continent.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-21 11:45

      @Havokreeka: Cool thanks - will have a look. Please note that I did not attack your figures; I simply wanted to understand what the research / reasoning behind the 500 million number was.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:54

      No worries Adrian, I know you were not attacking me.

      irma.white.9 - 2012-08-21 15:52

      At Havokreeka, if you think parents should abort if they have more than one child then myself and two of my sisters would be around today. If you can afford it, then it's fine but if you can't, well then maybe because I'd rather prevent a child growing up on the streets, starving because mommy and daddy don't have jobs, freezing in winter because he has to share his blankets with his four siblings, etc.

  • adriaan.mostert - 2012-08-21 10:47

    That is 77 771 people not stressing our planet, not suffering because of parents not being able to care for them, not born because of rape, not born into the world where the mother / parents not wanting a child. I question how the nutter from ACDP can so easily claim that these 77 771 abortions where because of "not using contraceptives like condoms, so they are exposing themselves to serious illnesses like Aids"? While I am against using abortions as a contraceptive - not allowing stupidity to produce another human being is better than the alternative. What a stupid article that it only gives feedback from a religious party - there the article lacks perspective and objectivity.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 10:49

      "not allowing stupidity to produce another human being is better than the alternative." So very very true...

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 11:42

      But legal abortions are being abused, no doubt. People are not prepared to accept responsibility for their lives - it is criminal to so easily create a life for a quick orgasm and then just destroy it willy nilly because its legal and easy. There should be consequences for these irresponsible people.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:56

      Chum Scrubber, I'd much rather legal abortions be abused than illegal ones. Besides, if you can't be responsible for your own life, how are you supposed to be responsible for a child?

  • petrivoges - 2012-08-21 10:59

    we are a lawless generation

      zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:21

      By which laws. Care to explain yourself?

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 12:30

      Abortion is legal, so your comment and those that like it are retarded.

  • zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:13

    One of the few positive achievements of the ANC government was to legalise abortion. How they sneaked it past the religious loonies remains a mystery.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:22

      You tend not to notice the world around you with your head up your arse. Gotta love he religiots...

  • marc.klynhans - 2012-08-21 11:20

    Everybody keeps going on about what a murderer that woman that killed her son "out of love" is, but what's the difference between that and abortion? Abortion is just legal murder of children.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:39

      Because a blastocyst is not a human being. God is the greater abortionist. Having allocated a soul to a blastocyst he subsequently cares stuff all for it and kills it. Explain that.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 11:44

      There is a huge difference between your two examples, does it really need to be explained to you?

  • helen.derobillard - 2012-08-21 11:22

    This is a disgrace may God have mercy on South Africa.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:40

      There is no god so we just don't care what you think. Abortion is perfectly legal so sorry for you.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:42

      zaathiest, you make me laugh dude. May the flying spaghetti monster bless us with infinite abortions! :D

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 11:45

      So far it seems God has no mercy on us. He's inflicted us with the ANC, how much more of a punishment could he have dealt us?

      zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:46

      Havokreeka Is the FSM pro abortion or not? I don't think he cares one way or another but he will be concerned about human overpopulation and the trashing of the planet he created.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:59

      No idea, I think Scientology is against abortion. But I can't be sure. I was just countering Helen's stupid fictional nonsense with more stupid fictional nonsense.

  • karenadawkins - 2012-08-21 11:28

    its a very difficult decision for any woman- what it is showing is that there are many not using protection- you will find most abortions are young women in trouble- education is key here- I support the notion of not having a child because of extreme circumstances but keeping an unwanted child to eventually rome the streets begging for money is worse than not having the baby at all- it is showing however that its becoming to easy to abort and responsibility is not taken accountable for - we need to educated both young woman and men alike - PREVENTION is ALWAYS Better the CURE( for the lack of better words)

      zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:41

      Exactly, And the last people who should be pontificating and attempting to deny the women the right to choose are males and religious loonies like marc.klynhans in particular.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 11:48

      No role models to look up to, no leadership, no teaching of moral values. Our youth have become careless - they see from the actions of those "leading" them that there will be no consequences for any bad deeds. They have been led astray by morally bankrupt role models.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 12:15

      Chum, the youth have role models. Gems like: Lil Wayne, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Nicky Minaj. No wonder the planet is screwed...

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-21 11:30

    Is it so impossible to just not fall pregnant in the first place? Is it so hard to have morals and behave like a decent human being? Is it rocket science to think ahead and admit you cannot afford children / more children, so let's use contraception? If people could just behave in a civilised manner in the first place, we wouldn't have to talk about whether abortion is morally correct or not, or worry about the number of abortions.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:43

      "civilised manner" Since when did the masses ever do anything "civilised"?

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-21 11:34

    Yes we dont need the unwanted children,who will have no future and become another tax payers burden. However,in the bigger picture,what does this say about the moral values of the citizens who sleep around,adding to the aids stats,spreading other diseases,basically not giving a damn because its easy-show up at the clinic and get rid of "it"? I will bet that 90% of these 77771 are teenagers,who are left to their own devises. Does nobody see anything wrong with the picture? Its growing in magnitude,yet the orphanages are still overflowing!

  • leon.groenewald.33 - 2012-08-21 11:37

    I lost my child to an abortion 11 years ago; didn't even know if it were a boy or a girl; just that I would have had a child 11 years old right now. As a result of the abortion I couldn't cope, lost my standing in my company; got "bought" out as an executive and partner, because I lost the plot. Financially I never recovered. But it was her body; her decision! Abortion is harmless you say!? I am only thankful I met the mother of my beautiful 1 year old daughter. They are both angels. The love I feel for them is unequaled; but somehow in my daughter's smile I always wonder how my dead child would have smiled. This is not fair to this wonderful child. If the father does not agree to the abortion; men should have rights!

      leon.groenewald.33 - 2012-08-21 11:41

      As for you Christians; I never saw your god stepping in to save my child! Take your moral god and shove it where the sun never shone! Your religion killed more than any other ever conceived including the Mayans who believed in blood sacrifice... Check the numbers!

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 11:47

      A bad argument for pro-life... A good argument for men's rights (as we seem to have none these days)

      zaatheist - 2012-08-21 11:52

      Leon I will agree about the father having rights if the couple are married AND there are enforced legal consequences for the maintenance of the child. Men can just to readily walk away and far too many get away with not paying child support even though they can afford to do so.

      yoko.papu - 2012-08-21 12:44

      I agree totally with you that fathers should be given the right to choose concerning their children, no woman can have a child without a man or his sperm, so the children dont belong to us alone...our country needs to step up on this. I am really sorry about your baby, I really am. I guess we never stop to think about the fathers who want their children to live.

  • kopano.raophala - 2012-08-21 11:38

    they going to blame it on lack of funny will that be?

  • Genesistt - 2012-08-21 12:05

    I wish the statistics said how many of those women were raped and how many of those were underaged girls being abused. I think that would be very illuminating.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 12:16

      I would imagine the majority would have been as a result of irresponsible sex. But it would be interesting.

      Barryboots - 2012-08-21 13:09

      Best I can help is that there were 56 272 rapes in 2011 acording to the Institute for Security Studies. Clearly abortion is being used as an 'after the act' form of contraception. Nothing to be proud of here... Huge rate for rape too. I do not know the statistics for conception from rape but do hear that the rape treatment procedure (or 'kit') would terminate pregnancy so this might not be included in the quoted 77 771 but be in addition to it.

  • yoko.papu - 2012-08-21 12:39

    I hate abortion, I hate it, I hate it. I would never support it, even if the person gives strong reasons for it, I hate it, I hate it. For some it an act of convenience becoz they had unprotected sex&ooops, I dont wanna live with the consequences, how cold hearted and selfish can that be. I have heard of people who have been raped& i truly sympathise with them, I just dont support abortion, neva have and neva will. Condoms have no side effects, if contraceptive do...i have used condoms for over 20 years and they have noooo side effects whatsoever, breaking, you must be really careless and too reckless...again, I hate abortion and will neva support such evil because it is evil in its purest sense.

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 12:58

      But you support children starving to death slowly because families can't afford to feed them? Bravo to your ignorance, perhaps your parents should have used a condom.

      marc.klynhans - 2012-08-21 13:39

      Havokreeka - so you're saying we should kill all the starving, disabled, orphaned and abused children? Oh, damn, it's too late. They could have been aborted while they "weren't human". You have a consciousness and you're the only person who is you, and you're happy saying you kinda like the fact that you could never have been born if your parents decided to abort you?

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 14:03

      Marc, I never said we should kill all the starving children. Although it's very Christian of you to put words in my mouth, well done. I'm merely stating that abortion is a lot more humane than breeding children into a life of starvation and poverty. So before all the religious lunatics start pointing their fingers and saying abortion is bad, they should look at the current state of the world and worry about those that have already been born into poverty. Yes Marc, to be honest I think my parents shouldn't have had children in the first place. Purely because my father is too useless to own a dog, let a loan have offspring. Besides I wouldn't really mind if I was aborted, as I'd have no recollection of existing in the first place. Abortion is much like the gay marriage laws. Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean it has to be illegal for everyone. The religious community has a habit of forcing their laws upon everyone. Even though Jesus himself apparently said church and state should be separate.

  • olivia.debruyn - 2012-08-21 13:07

    Lot of comments here maybe ask someone who has seen her baby aborted and I say baby because I've seen the videos and done the courses. It's a baby. Crying while being sucked apart by a vacuum like machine or groped with tools to tear him limb from limb. If you haven't seen it shut up you don't know what you're talking about. It's a baby as soon as the heart starts beating because that's when you feel life and that's very early on. Quick to cast a vote or write a comment but you haven't seen it have you?

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 13:15

      Firstly, the "baby" doesn't cry when it's aborted. Secondly your brain controls controls awareness, not the heart. Obviously you failed biology. Have you ever seen a child starve to death? Or get eaten alive by vultures? Abortion is far more humane than the alternatives.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-21 16:12

      Seen it. Propaganda. I'm against the way abortion is so casually done - just a convenience by irresponsible people. But I'm 100% for it when it is for rape victims - who wants those gene's passed on anyway, rather eliminate them. And in circumstances where the life of the child would not be good anyway, if brought onto this planet.

  • jonathan.maree.1 - 2012-08-21 13:30

    Please take 33 minutes of your time to watch this clip. It might just change your thinking on abortion.!

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-21 14:39

      Christian propaganda alert!

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-08-21 15:49

    Well abortion is better than raising them in impoverish homes, living off the kindness of others and spending their days at the robots down the road after being lent to a begger. It's more humane, despite what you anti abortion righteous people think.

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