New abortion legislation in South Africa

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New abortion legislation in South Africa
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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 1:31pm

Hey... just keeping people posted on international developments. Couldn't find any recent info but in 2004 they had an overall abortion rate of 10%.

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's parliament on Thursday approved legal changes to make abortions easier to obtain, despite criticism from opponents who said the law was already too lax.

The changes will provide for 24-hour abortion facilities, do away with pre-approval procedures and permit all nurses -- instead of just midwives -- to terminate pregnancies.

"The amendment bill promotes quality health care," Joyce Masilo, a deputy from the ruling African National Congress, told parliament's upper house, which unanimously passed the bill. It will now be referred to President Thabo Mbeki to sign into law.

Critics said the law already made abortions too easy. Women as young as 12 can get an abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and in some cases up to 20 weeks.

Religious activists and several political parties opposed the proposed changes, saying the bill should make counseling mandatory given that women as young as 12 could have abortions without their parents' knowledge.

But the ruling party's big parliamentary majority ensured approval for the changes.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Matthew Tostevin)
http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSL1668046020080207?feedType=RSS&feedName=lifestyleMolt

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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:47pm

Great.

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 4:04pm
...and yet their abortion rate is 1/2 of ours?
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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 6:29pm

And how long is that going to last with this piece of legislation?


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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 6:41pm

Just as a little background re: the new laws there, previously it was legal to have abortions.

 

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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 7:41pm
Do you think that forcing women into unwanted motherhood is a responsible decision? This is why many people say that anti-abortion advocates will fight for the fetus, but not the child.




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Thu, 02-14-2008 - 8:51am

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Sun, 02-17-2008 - 12:48pm
Since when is a 12 year old a woman?

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Sun, 02-17-2008 - 12:49pm

How can you judge a woman for not wanting to bring a child into that?>>


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Sun, 02-17-2008 - 2:28pm

And forcing a 12-year-old into unwanted motherhood is okay then, because she's not "a woman?"

Besides, I genuinely doubt that 12-year-olds are the majority of abortion cases in South Africa regardless.




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Sun, 02-17-2008 - 2:58pm

And forcing a 12-year-old into unwanted motherhood is okay then, because she's not "a woman?">>>


No, it's not.

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