Tshedisego was 19 years old when she fell pregnant. Stigma and fear of what her friends and family would think led Tshedisego to a “backstreet” abortion providers who failed to perform the procedure safely and completely, putting her life in danger.
Watch Tshedisego’s story here:
Sadly, Tshedisego’s story is just one of the 600,000 South African women who don’t have access to sexual and reproductive healthcare information and services.
Tshedisego says she does not want anyone to go through what she did, and with your help Marie Stopes South Africa can provide the services and information that will mean fewer women will have to.
Marie Stopes South Africa is part of the Marie Stopes International global partnership, a non-profit and non-governmental organisation working in 42 countries worldwide to offer women and couples access to service which allow them to decide freely, and without coercion, the number and spacing of their children.
Today, there are nearly five million young people between the ages of 15 and 19 who urgently need access to sexual and reproductive information and services. We exist to serve them.
Marie Stopes South Africa has been delivering sexual and reproductive health services in South Africa since 1991 and has become the largest non-profit provider of sexual and reproductive health services through a network of 33 centres nationwide.
Your support for Marie Stopes South Africa will help us expand our reach to women and young people, and protect them from HIV, sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions.