Where can I get a free and safe abortion?
It’s important to remember that to get a free abortion, the request must be made at your clinic. The pregnancy will be confirmed, counselling will be provided, an appointment will be made for the termination of pregnancy and you will get a referral letter to a facility where the procedure can be performed.
Not all health workers are willing to be involved in this service, but they are obligated by law to inform you of your rights and must refer you to a healthcare provider or facility, where you can get the service. Be sure to get the referral letter early in your pregnancy in case the designated facility is not in your area and you have to travel far to access the service.
Do I need to get permission from my parent or caregiver get an abortion?
South Africa has some of the most liberal sexual and reproductive health laws in the world. This means that you are in control of your own body. The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act No. 92 of 1996 gives all girls and women the right to a free abortion (termination of pregnancy), at a government hospital or clinic during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Girls and women of all ages have the right to an abortion and should never be denied the service because of their age. It’s however advisable to be accompanied by a trusted adult (a parent, aunt, or teacher) for support if you’re under 18.
How can I access the service?
If you’re a first-time visitor to a health facility, you will be asked to complete a form and a folder will be opened.
You will need the following:
- Your official ID documents.
- Your referral letter (if relevant).
- Any medication you are taking.
- Your clinic/hospital card if you have previously registered at the facility.
You must sign an informed consent form giving permission for the abortion to be done.
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