The Right to Safe Abortion in South Africa: A Clinician’s Experience [special 28 September report]

This is a blog piece written by Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng:

“It is 2:14 a.m. on a Friday. I receive an email, with the subject line “Please respond” written in capital letters. I read the body of the email and the contents sound all too familiar. What follows is a scanty account of a missed menstrual period, a vague description of how many cycles have elapsed and no details about use of a contraceptive. My work over the past five years can be characterised as guardian of an electronic hub, as I am inundated on a daily basis with requests for information and details of a health facility where an abortion can be performed. Uncertainty about where and when to present to a health facility to request an abortion, together with an overwhelming desperation for timeous procedures, underpin most communications. These take the form of emails, text messages, other social media messages and calls received from women and people ‘asking for a friend’”.

Read more on the Reproductive Health Matters Blog.