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I had an abortion because I was not ready to have a baby and I fell pregnant due to stealthing [stealthing is when the person you are having sex with removes the condom during sex without you knowing].

I knew that continuing with the pregnancy was not an option for me as I was in a very bad space emotionally. Also because I was a student who was supported by her parents still.

I had the abortion at Dora Nginza Hospital in PE. I went there because that’s where I was referred to by my local clinic. I also chose a public hospital because I didn’t have the money to go to Marie Stopes.

I didn’t get counselling but there was an option for counselling. I didn’t feel like I needed counselling because I wasn’t traumatized, and I had the support of my best friends.

The healthcare providers were cool and not judgmental towards me or the other women who were there for terminations. But I will say they did take forever and were stalling (unnecessary tea times and lunch breaks) which is a general problem in public health facilities.

I had no problems after the medical termination. When I went for the follow up, everything had gone the way that the nurses expected them to. Even emotionally, I was good due to my friends’ support and also because I’ve always been pro choice. It’s been 3 years now; I am still okay with the decision I took.


Do you have questions about what the SA law says about abortion and do you want to know more about counselling? Click here to find out.

Are you thinking about getting an abortion but you’re not sure where to start? Find out here.

Do you know about medical abortions and the other abortion procedures available? Learn about them here.

Getting an illegal abortion is dangerous and puts your health at risk. Learn how to spot illegal providers in this article.

Making the choice to have an abortion is not always easy. You may need to talk to someone about your feelings and thoughts. Trained counsellors at loveLife are here for you. Find out how can contact them by clicking here.

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