What are the barriers to the implementation of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92, 1996 as amended, in Xhariep District in the Free State Province among doctors and nurses?

Nkau Kgasane, Moetshidi Sebitloane

Abstract


The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996 repealed the Abortion and Sterilization Act of 1975 which was restrictive. It infringed the women `s constitutional right to bodily integrity and to make decisions concerning reproduction.

There was a lot of morbidity and mortality related to unsafe abortions. A lot of money was spent treating such morbidity. Family planning services are also not accessible. Many women therefore end with unwanted pregnancies.

This study will determine the barriers to the implementation of the Act in Xhariep District in the Free State among doctors and nurses. The following designated hospitals will be subjects of the study:-Diamant in Jaggersfontein; Embekweni in Zastron and Stoffel Coetzee in Smithfield.

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