Securing Equitable Access to Comprehensive Abortion Care in South Africa: Technical Update
Pathfinder’s Comprehensive Abortion Care Project has worked in South Africa since 2007 to secure access to safe abortion for all women, placing particular emphasis on reaching young women, who are disproportionately affected by restrictive abortion climates.
Since passing the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOP) in 1996, South Africa has had the most liberal abortion law in sub-Saharan Africa. Although women are guaranteed the right to abortion on demand up to 12 weeks gestational age, myriad factors prevent a majority of South African women from actualizing this right. Since the law’s inception, stigma, lack of enforcement, inadequate support to health providers to deliver abortion services, and overburdening of the small number of facilities that provide the service have combined to make safe abortion largely inaccessible. This technical update discusses Pathfinder South Africa’s experience supporting youth-friendly comprehensive abortion care service delivery in public sector facilities, providing recommendations for future such efforts.
This publication explores strategies to advance abortion access and rights in four countries—Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, and DRC—with differing degrees of legal and social restrictiveness. Through semi-structured interviews with Pathfinder field offices and partners, this publication highlights approaches to advance abortion access and rights common across all four countries, as well as approaches unique to each country’s legal and social context.
Este instrumento foi concebido com a intenção de ajudar as organizações a: avaliar o contexto legal do aborto; avaliar o contexto real do aborto; identificar desafios e oportunidades para melhorar o acesso ao aborto seguro através de mudanças nas políticas.