Over 7,000 S. Africans Opt for Newly Legal Abortion

Over 7,000 S.Africans opt for newly legal abortion

CAPE TOWN, Sept 9 -- Over 7,000 South Africans have had abortions since it became legal on February 1 this year, Health Minister Nkosazana Zuma said on Tuesday.

"So far 7,069 women have terminated pregnancies up to June 1997," Zuma told reporters.

She said there were delays in implementing the Termination of Pregnancy Act in three of the country's nine provinces because health workers were reluctant to carry out abortions.

"Travelling teams of staff that terminate pregnancies are being considered to meet the needs of women," Zuma said.

The introduction of the act, which met with fierce resistance from churches and pro-life citizens, has transformed South Africa's abortion legislation from one of the most protective to one of the most destructive in the world.

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