History of Abortion in SA

History

Abortion has always been legal in SA, under Roman Dutch law and then under the Abortion and Sterilization Act No 2 of 1975. Our law was liberalised in 1996

See Susanne Klausen’s book – Abortion Under Apartheid

Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women’s Reproductive Rights in South Africa

The first scholarly study of the history of abortion in South Africa, or indeed any African country; Focuses on the centrality of the regulation of women’s reproductive bodies to the making and maintenance of apartheid in South Africa; and Situates the struggle over abortion in the context of disciplining whites’ sexuality as part of the ongoing ideological work of justifying white supremacist rule.

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/abortion-under-apartheid-9780199844494?cc=us&lang=en&

https://www.guttmacher.org/about/journals/ipsrh/1998/12/abortion-reform-south-africa-case-study-1996-choice-termination

https://www.wits.ac.za/publichealth/research-entities/gender–health/womens-health-project/