Abortion in Grahamstown

Here’s a piece that took me a century to write and re-write AND RE-WRITE. It’s about the really important issue of the provision of abortion services in South Africa. Enjoy 🙂

Tonic

By Youlendree Appasamy

“Well, I had an inkling I might have been pregnant for about two weeks. But only found out about it, after taking a hasty pregnancy test in the mall…”

Sam* explains her story. She did not tell her family about it. No support was offered from anyone other than herself and closest friends, who knew about the incident. The test was taken 5-6 weeks into the unplanned pregnancy. On arriving at Dora Nzinga Hospital in Port Elizabeth, one of the public healthcare facilities in the area where abortion is offered as a free service, more complications arose.

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