Backstreet abortions still happening

Despite the claim from “pro-choice” advocates that legalizing abortion would cut down on illegal abortions, this has not happened. Backstreet abortions are still happening and have shown no signs of being reduced. On the contrary, backstreet abortionists advertise their services on lampposts all over South Africa, in clear view and with no fear of the law.


JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s abortion laws have not affected the number of backstreet abortions, African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley said on Wednesday.

New abortion statistics were released on Tuesday which show a sharp increase in abortion in public facilities.

The biggest spike in abortion between 2010 and 2011 was in the North West, where reported abortions jumped from 1585 to 12,138 in just one year.

Overall abortions rose by almost 25 percent to 77, 771.

But The ACDP claimed backstreet abortions had not dropped now that procedures were legal.

The Department of Health spokesperson Joe Maile said he was concerned about backstreet abortions, but have no statistics on it.

“We might not necessarily know the extent of backstreet abortions, but they are happening. If you walk around the streets you will see posters advertising abortions.”

About 1,380 abortions that took place in 2011 were for women under the age of 18.


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2 Responses to Backstreet abortions still happening

  1. Julian says:

    The argument that the legalization of abortions have increased backstreet abortions, as evidenced by the plethora of posters, is fallacious. The ‘clinics’ that advertise on these street lamps are, by and large, illegal in the first place. These scoundrels don’t care much for the law; they see a desperate group of people and make moves to capitilize on theses vulnerable people. Whether abortions are legal or illegal these people will continue to exist.

    The problem really lies with the implementation of the laws, that its, that there are not enough clinics, not enough (professional) nursing staff, not enough education as to the availablility of safe abortions, not enough education regarding the importance of the time frame in which an abortion should be affected ( to be safe) and not enough fundage and/or mismanagement of these funds.

    To take it back a step I am not arguing about whether abortions are wrong or right in the first place, but what I gather from the article is that it is using the ‘backstreet abortion’ problem as a means to attack the laws in place. This is probably becasue the site is pro-life and is is using the backyard abortion arguement to this end. In short twisting an argument to, or using it selectively, to fit a desired outcome.

  2. Dear Julian. Thanks for your comment. A reason why this issue is raised is that the pro-abortion lobby’s principal argument in motivating the legalisation of abortion on demand in South Africa in 1997 (and in most countries) was that it would stop ‘backstreet abortions’. The same argument again for the further liberalisation of the law to allow nurses and small clinics to do abortions in 2004. Now the evidence is that this has not happened – and the pro-abortion lobby shows almost no interest in enforcing the law against illegal ‘backstreet abortions’. They are just using it as an excuse to push for more abortions and cheapen the value of human life.

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