Legal assistance for getting an abortion

Abortion is legal in South Africa under the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA) that was enacted in 1996

However, the National Department of Health has not made any visible efforts in ensuring access to folk who want to have abortion.

With many pregnant people struggling to access termination services, the legal team of SRJC is often requested to send legal letters to attempt to enable access to abortion services for pregnant people in these circumstances. The letters are usually sent to facility managers, provincial managers and MECs.

The referral form that we utilise when cases are being referred to us is to ensure that we have all the information we need as soon as possible. We therefore kindly ask you to fill it in as soon as you are denied access so we can take action. The referral form helps us to assist you in accessing a safe and legal abortion, and also helps us to create a paper trail of folks’ challenges to access termination services.