The Abortion Stigma in South Africa There is a global stigma attached to the word ‘abortion’. It carries negative connotations such as ‘dirty’, ‘embarrassment’ and ‘humiliation’; this leads to women seeking ‘backstreet’ abortions, which are illegal, unsafe and often ineffective. Today, we’re fighting back in an effort to erase abortion stigma in South Africa.
Why don’t we talk about sex? It’s imperative that teens know about the potential consequences of having unsafe sex. It can affect your future, your health and even put your life in jeopardy. Whether it’s due to lack of information or social stigma, tiptoeing around the subject stops right here, right now!
Your body, your choice… or is it? What are your rights when it comes to contraception and pregnancy termination? In this article, we’re going to lay down the law (so to speak) so that you will never even have to think about this question ever again.
Cape Town. ‘My Body, My Choice.’ The Blue Ribbon campaign supports women’s rights to safe and legal abortions. Furthermore, we aim to empower women with access to accurate information and resources about safe abortions so that they are able to make an informed choice about their sexual and reproductive health.
Choosing what to do about an unplanned pregnancy takes its emotional toll. If you decide to terminate the pregnancy, ensure that you opt for a safe abortion procedure. ‘Backstreet’ abortions are not only illegal, but they are also often ineffective and can even be fatal. In this article, we discuss the differences between the two…
The festive season is a time of merriment and creating wonderful memories with friends and family. If you’re single, watching your married/engaged friends having a wonderful time with each other may cause you to use online/mobile dating sites to find a potential ‘friend’ with whom you can enjoy the season.
International Safe Abortion Day takes place annually on 28 September. It’s an international campaign to provide awareness that women have a human right to safe abortion. There is a global stigma attached to the word ‘abortion’. It seems to be a social taboo that exists but shouldn’t be spoken about and unfortunately, this leads to…
In the final instalment of our Body of Work: Abortion Conversations series, we’re exploring the work of artist Nicola Harris. Body of Work: Abortion Conversations features artists who have developed pieces specifically on the topic of abortion. The exhibition, hosted by Marie Stopes in conjunction Amnesty International and EASI, the End Abortion Stigma Initiative, was…
We’re continuing with our Abortion Conversations interviews, which were held following the recent Body of Work: Abortion Conversations exhibition.
Marie Stopes and EASI co-hosted a workshop on abortion stigma for artists earlier this year. At the workshop, artists were given the opportunity to discuss abortion with experts in the field and to have time to develop the concepts for their artworks with other artists.