Backstreet abortion coming back in South Africa.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Abortion (Health aspects)
Abortion (Demographic aspects)
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Volume: 19 Source Issue: 37
Geographic: Geographic Scope: South Africa Geographic Code: 6SOUT South Africa
Accession Number: 259077103
Full Text: The number of abortions carried out in public sector facilities in South Africa declined dramatically between 2009 and 2010. This, experts say, is because a decreasing number of state nurses are prepared to manage the procedure and there are long waiting lists at government institutions. Yet the advocacy manager of the private abortion clinic group, Marie Stopes, said the number of abortions at their clinics had increased by an average of 10% a year since 1997. At the same time, however, she said that reduced access to free, state abortion services, and lack of money on the part of many women to pay for an abortion at a private clinic, were forcing women to again resort to backstreet abortion clinics, which she said were "mushrooming" throughout the country. (1)

(1.) McLea H. Backstreet abortion boom. 6 March 2011. At: .
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