Bogus abortions plague the city
Written by: Mbali Dhlamini
When walking in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD), one is greeted by a number of flyers advertising what are being labelled as “Quick and Pain Free” abortions.
One such flyer caught my eye recently. It was highlighted in bold letters that students get a 50% discount when they come in for the procedure.
This brought an alarming thought to my mind over the number of young people who are lured into these dodgy facilities because they are left without a choice.
Are we doing enough?
Government clinics and state hospitals offer a service to the public free of charge where they can go and safely terminate an unwanted pregnancy. However in the past, I have seen that the lack of staff equipped to perform such a procedure is causing serious problems.
In one day, health workers can only attend to a limited number of patients, which means that young people are lined up at clinic gates at the crack of dawn to get their turn.
If you do not make the cut, off you are unfortunately cut off and need to return on another day.
This means that desperate women are forced to rush to these so called abortion doctors, which are usually not registered because they fear that time is running out.
Just last week police arrested six people in the Joburg CBD who run this kind of facility. Members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) say a crackdown of these types of institutions will continue until they are eradicated.
It now remains to be seen whether the health department will take it upon themselves the train more health workers to aid in this growing problem as more health workers with the necessary skills will mean more people are given a decent opportunity to make the right choice