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SA abortion stats on the rise

Over 77,700 abortions were performed in hospitals and clinics across South Africa in 2011.

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JOHANNESBURG – A Parliamentary question on Tuesday revealed that more than a quarter of all legal abortions in South Africa take place in the Free State.

In 2011, hospitals and clinics across the country performed more than 77,000 abortions, constituting a 25 percent rise in the procedure since 2010.

The Department of Health said it could not explain the sudden rise. 

Some 59,447 women had abortions in public hospitals in 2010.

This number jumped to 77,771 in 2011.

South Africa made abortions legal back in 1997, but the procedure still sits uncomfortably with religious groups.

African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley said they were aware figures of abortions had been underestimated previously, because many were recorded as miscarriages.

In the North West Province, 1,585 abortions were recorded in 2010. This increased to 12,138 in 2011.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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