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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 08:48

SA Abortion Facts: Is Abortion Killing Our Nation?

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1) 90 000 abortions were performed at state hospitals in 2013, up by 20 000 from 2012 ("Teenage Abortion Numbers Shoot Up", The Times, 6 August 2014).
2)  Most of them,54 000 or 60% were teenagers("Teenage Abortion Numbers Shoot Up", The Times, 6 August 2014).
3) Of the 37 000 abortions at Marie Stopes abortuaries in South Africa in 2013, 8% of them were performed on teenagers. (Marie Stopes Communications Manager, Andrea Thompson, quoted in "Teenage Abortion Numbers Shoot Up", The Times, 6 August 2014).
4) Combining the statistics given for state hospitals and Marie Stopes abortuaries, means that there were approximately 127 000 abortions in 2013.
5) There are an estimated 6 legal abortions per 1 000 women, and 38 illegal abortions per 1 000 women per year. (National Health Department, according to report in the Sowetan Live, 12 June 2012).


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