Abortion rights in SOuth Africa

In South Africa, any woman of any age can get an abortion by simply requesting with no reasons given if

  1. She is less than 13 weeks pregnant
  2. If she is between 13 and 20 weeks pregnant, she can get the abortion if
    (a) her own physical or mental health is at stake,
    (b) the baby will have severe mental or physical abnormalities,
    (c) she is pregnant because of incest,
    (d) she is pregnant because of rape, or
    (e) she is of the personal opinion that her economic or social situation is sufficient reason for the termination of pregnancy.
  3. If she is more than 20 weeks pregnant, she can get the abortion only if her or the fetus' life is in danger or there are likely to be serious birth defects.

A woman under the age of 18 will be advised to consult her parents, but she can decide not to inform or consult them if she so chooses.

A woman who is married or in a life-partner relationship will be advised to consult her partner, but again she can decide not to inform or consult him/her.

An exception is that if the woman is severely mentally ill or has been unconscious for a long time, consent of a life-partner, parent or legal guardian is required.

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