Concerns over Cape teen abortions - report

2012-02-16 19:56

Cape Town - Some teenage girls in the Western Cape are having up to three abortions before the age of 18, according to a report on Thursday.

The Cape Argus newspaper reported that the standing committee on community development raised concern in Parliament on Wednesday over the number of abortions by teenagers.

The head of comprehensive health programmes in the provincial health department, Stephen Titus, told the committee that women who terminated a number of pregnancies were monitored and offered counselling.

About 12 709 abortions were carried out in 2010/2011, 1 685 of them on teenagers.

Teenage births in the province dropped slightly last year to 6 500, from more than 7 000 a year for 2007 to 2010.

Committee chairperson Anroux Marais said: "It's something we need to look at and do something, even if it's giving more education to those women. It really is concerning."

  • Sharon - 2012-02-16 20:00

    What is this, a new form of contraception?

  • Whitty - 2012-02-16 20:04

    What do you expect when a woman is in power,these sort of things are bound to happen under their call without even you noticing.Zille and Patricia what's up? I know you even advised some of the candidates.

      march54 - 2012-02-16 22:13

      The only female in charge is the teenager herself. She has the power to say no to sexual activity. There is no one else to blame. There is such a rush to prove that they are grown up with very little responsibility taken. Every female undergoing a legal abortion is given counselling on contraception. Some of the blame needs to a apportioned to parents and of course the sperm donor/male partner.

      npretorius2 - 2012-02-17 07:04

      Unfortunately its not always the female's fault. A Large number of pregnant teens were raped. What would do if you were carrying the child of the person who raped you? I would opt for abortion... Very sad, but very true

      Sibanda - 2012-02-17 09:30

      thats not true..only very few of them were raped..most of them they want it..and yes it is their right to say yes to even old sugar daddies. that is wat happens wen you give yor children all the freedom to do wat they want (sex and drugs becomes their favourate hobby)

      carpejugulim - 2012-02-17 09:37

      Whitty you aren't the sharpest tack in the box are you? Perhaps you have rescinded the right to think for yourself and have no responsibility or accountability. I somehow doubt that either Zille or Patricia was present at the moment of conception. Contraception is the responsibility of BOTH parties engaging in a consentsual sexual act. Yes, that does include many males/sperm donors (thank you march54) who seem to love the excuse of "I don't like/won't wear condoms because they don't let me feel as good" Did it ever occur to you that possibly some of the abortion stats are from boyfriends/lovers/sperm donors that are too afraid or not interested in the responsibility of having a child and have pressurised these young girls into having an abortion? Funny but that has nothing to do with politicians. No it isn't always the females fault, rape does occur in many forms and I can understand a female wanting an abortion if she finds she is pregnant after that kind of experience. Still has noting to do with politicians. Let's factor in the age of instant gratification in today's youth too. Contraceptives are available for free from Govt Clinics. It is your choice whether you use them or not and yes accidents do happen. No politicians involved there either. Absinence from sex until one is mentally, physically and financially able to take care of a child would be wonderful but it isn't going to happen until there is a major change in mindset of the general population

  • Jack - 2012-02-16 20:09

    Whether one is pro-life or pro-choice, I think we can all agree that abortion is not intended to be a form of contraception. I guess we're lucky that government is willing to admit to it being a problem...

  • Terry Redd Muyambo - 2012-02-16 20:21

    is it illegal???

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-17 08:28


      bruce.wells.963 - 2012-08-21 13:20

      Is what illegal?

  • Jennifer - 2012-02-17 07:18

    This is what happens when rape is the norm.

  • bradley.avontuur - 2012-02-17 07:20

    What a scary thought. I am a believer in the right to choose but you must be mature enough to understand the decisions you make. I really don't think teenagers should be allowed to take this step alone. If they do we as parents are dropping the ball. We must be there for them, we must keep the channels of communication OPEN. It's as much OUR failure as it's theirs

  • almariv - 2012-02-17 10:07

    Sew their legs shut!!

  • Buti - 2012-02-17 10:41

    Abortion is the crime. Let's blame the one who signed and legalised it "ANC"

  • CathrynReece - 2012-02-17 14:08


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