If you want to have a free abortion at a public health clinic or hospital
Go to your local primary health care clinic. The primary health care clinic must:
- Examine you to confirm that you are pregnant by doing a urine test
- Provide counselling services, if you choose to have counselling
- Make an appointment for the abortion, or give you a referral letter to a public health clinic or hospital where the abortion can be performed
If you are HIV+, it is important to ensure your health care provider knows about your status as they may need to give you antibiotics when you have the procedure. This is for your own personal health and safety during the procedure.
Before you head out, please take careful note of the following:
- The law says health workers MUST inform you of your rights and MUST refer you to a public health clinic or hospital where you can get abortion services
- Health workers CANNOT refuse to help you have an abortion for any reason
- Health workers who are unwilling to provide the service for any reason must refer you to a colleague willing to do so; or to an appropriate health care facility near you with a referral letter and a booking
- Admin staff, pharmacists, security, or other clinic staff have no right to refuse to assist you. When you arrive for services, they are obliged to assist you
- Lastly, you will be given an appointment to have the abortion at a clinic or hospital that has trained staff, and equipment to do it safely.
Are there any other places I can go to instead?
Yes! Private doctors and non-profit organizations who are trained and qualified to do abortions also provide safe and legal abortions. Private health facilities and organisations do charge fees for this and it can be quite expensive.
What to expect
Now that you’ve been referred to a safe and legal abortion clinic and have booked your appointment, you might be feeling nervous and not sure of what to do.