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South Africa's liberal abortion laws challenged

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1696
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    South Africa's liberal abortion law is being challenged in court by three Christian groups who say that the law goes against the constitutional guarantee of a “right to life.”

    Around 40000 legal abortions have taken place since the law was liberalised last year. Before the law was changed, more than 400 women lost their lives every year after having back street abortions. The law allows for abortions virtually on demand at no …

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