JOHANNESBURG - Activists are raising concerns over the continued stigma around abortion.
The world observed International Safe Abortion Day on Saturday.
The ‘My Body My Choice’ campaign is also running an exhibition titled ‘Voices and Choices’– at the Women’s jail in Johannesburg.
In South Africa, abortion has been legal for over 20 years and this should allow women and girls to have access to safe services, if they choose to terminate a pregnancy but activists say many in the country are often denied access because of various reasons including stigmatisation and fear.
“Abortion represents the ultimate autonomy of a women’s body,” said Honey Makwakwa.
“That even when there is something else in your body, you have the choice of what to do with that. And at every turn that you interact with femininity – there is an attempt to steal that autonomy – like in mainstream media – it says what we should look like, our hair and lips. And now this is the final frontier of what should happen with your body."
Flyers and signs for what is most likely illegal abortion services – continue to appear on the streets.
The public can visit the Voices and Choices exhibition until the 25 October – where artists are bringing real stories to life.
It is hoped this will make people begin thinking about the issue, and have frank and open discussions about it.