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Br Med Bull. 2003;67:115-26.

Abortion: developments and impact in South Africa.

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  • Maternal, Child and Women's Health and Nutrition, Department of Health, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. mhlane@health.gov.za


The article seeks to clarify the context of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 (Act No.92 of 1996), the factors that led to its adoption and implementation including the role of research in support of policy development, the expanded utilization of professional nurses, and the respect and promotion of women's right to life and well-being. The challenges that cropped up on the road to implementation and sustenance are also spelt out. It is important to evaluate the programme because this will assist South Africa to improve on the performance of service delivery. It will also assist other countries, both poor and rich, to progressively realize the promotion of human rights. Lastly, the article also seeks to identify areas that will lead to the improvement of women's lives, and ultimately societal development and health.

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