How South Africa’s Reality is Impacting our mHealth Tool

After a week of meetings in Cape Town, the safe2choose mHealth South Africa team progressed on to Johannesburg (Joburg) where we continued making strides in preparing for the roll-out of the referral Our meetings there included rich engagements with government officials in Pretoria and Mpumalanga as well as a sex workers organization and WITS University…

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Using Mobile Health to Address Safe Abortion Information Gaps in South Africa

Picture Credit -Phephisile Mathizerd While safe2choose.org operates globally, we recognize that not every woman in the places where our services are needed has internet access. With this in mind, we began building a team in South Africa over six months ago and have been investigating the specific problems that exist with the South African systems…

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Opinion: 7 international family planning trends that will shape 2017

A health worker provides counselling on family planning to women in Oromia, Ethiopia. Photo by: DKT Ethiopia / CC BY Use of modern contraception is increasing in developing countries, including in historically low-performing regions such as West Africa. However, contraceptive adoption must rise further in order to reach the ambitious goal of 120 million more…

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The rapidly growing popularity of abortion pills speaks to the current state of reproductive rights

It appears the state of reproductive rights in America has reached a pivotal turning point: American women are ending pregnancies with medication virtually as often as they are via surgical abortion procedures, according to Reuters. Rates of abortion using the abortion pill, or misoprostol used together with mifepristone (a drug inhibiting the hormones necessary for…

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Simple solutions to reduce unsafe abortions in South Africa

The WHO estimates that, worldwide, one woman dies every 8 minutes from an unsafe abortion that could have been prevented [1]. To its credit, South Africa has come a long way since 1994 when nearly 45,000 women were admitted to hospitals for spontaneous abortions or complications of clandestine abortions [2]. Since the Choice on Termination…

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The pill of choice by Letícia Bahia

The positive result of her pregnancy test fell heavy on Ana’s shoulders, a 28 year old Brazilian woman. Her job as a maid could barely feed her 3 children. Her husband was unemployed and had been coping with alcohol. Desperate, she seeked help from her neighbour, Maria. Years before Ana learned that Maria had also…

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Reproductive Rights and Access to Safe Abortion in times of Zika

safe2choose has just launched a new website to share information about the Zika virus epidemic. With growing concerns about the virus spreading, the Rio Olympic Games just around the corner and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently confirming the link between microcephaly and the Zika virus during pregnancy, safe2choose’s new landing page, pregnantwithzika.org, seeks to…

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All Mexican Women Have the Right to Have an Abortion

Decriminalization of Abortion

Abortion is generally restricted in Mexico. This means that, although there is some legal protection, legislation differs between states, making it difficult for many women to receive safe abortion. Laws base eligibility for and legality of abortion based on the circumstances of the pregnancy. This variation in legislation between states has created a discriminatory, stigma-ridden,…

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My Medical Abortion Story

Abortion Testimonies

When I knew I was pregnant, I also knew I was going to have an abortion. So I booked an appointment at the closest clinic and had to wait until the following week, because there was no space. The date finally arrived, and I had to take two buses and the subway during rush hours…

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We are staying available to support you with your abortion during COVID-19.

We are closely monitoring the situation of coronavirus globally and will keep updating our information and services.

We advise our readers to:

  1. Read our latest blog post on abortion and COVID-19
  2. Follow WHO safety guidelines on COVID-19
  3. Contact our counselors