ABORTION: NOT ALWAYS THE BEST SOLUTION
By: Nosipho Ntombela
Poverty, rape, disability, or “unwanted” do not morally justify abortion.
Then again there are many unknown reasons that make people want to engage in abortion.
Some of these reasons are mentioned above. There are also safer ways that both young and old woman can use to terminate their babies than the back door methods.
According to the Catholic News Agency “abortion” actually refers to any premature expulsion of a human fetus, whether naturally spontaneous, as in a miscarriage, or artificially
induced, as in a surgical or chemical abortion.
“Not only does every abortion kill an innocent human being in the womb, but abortion is more dangerous than childbirth. Not forgetting that some women do not go to clinics or check
if they can still abort,” said Nqobile Ntuli, a nurse at Ekuphileni Clinic.
According to Midland Life Centre, a website for pregnant women, the risks are fewer when an abortion is done in the early weeks of pregnancy. The more months in the pregnancy, the
greater the chance of serious complications which means the higher risk of dying from the abortion procedure.
Below are figures provided by the site of the number of deaths depending on the weeks your perfume abortion:
• One death per every 530,000 abortions if you are eight weeks pregnant or less.
• One death per 17,000 abortions for pregnancies at 16–20 weeks of pregnancy.
• One death per 6,000 abortions at 21 weeks of pregnancy and more.
In 1997, when South Africa legalised abortion, deaths caused by unsafe procedures dropped by more than 90%.
The National Health Department raised the alarm for the first time in the National Nursing Summit in April this year, that there is over an increase in what is described as a “completely
avoidable of death”, ranking unsafe abortion as the fourth leading cause of maternal death in South Africa.
“We have seen about six pregnant primary school pupils in the past month. These girls know about sex. There is no problem with access to contraceptives,” said Thandi Plaatjie, a social
worker, accoridng to Sowetanlive.
“Abortion is a very sensitive topic but I guess each individual has their reasons as to why they abort. Personally I believe it is wrong but to an extent I do not blame those who do
Firstly I don’t believe in growing up without your blood family because there will always be those obstacles that you face. As a person I would not like to bring a child into this
world to suffer, but that doesn’t mean I will abort,” expressed Ntokozo Mkhwezi, a Facebook user.
Qiniso Mtshali, a Facebook user added, “Women’s bodies are not birth giving cubicles on which anyone can have an opinion as to what they should do with their bodies. Being against
abortion shows how far society is from recognising women as adequate beings. Pregnancy is not only about the foetus/baby, it is also largely about the mother.”
Thobeka Msweli, a community member, from Seaview, in Durban, believes that having an abortion does not mean you are not a mother it’s just makes you a mother of a dead child.