The Inkatha Freedom Party calls for measures to prevent unwanted pregnancies that lead to abortion and the increase of reported cases of babies being abandoned.
“We are aware that the best way to prevent pregnancy is not to have sex but this is not a practical approach. We encourage people to abstain or take contraceptives if they are not ready to have a baby. There is no day that goes by without reports of babies being abandoned in our towns and cities. Often mothers flee from hospitals leaving their new born babies behind. The illegal dumping of foetuses and babies in public places is a very real concern that requires urgent attention. The availability of reliable contraception for all, regardless of age or ability to pay, is an essential first step. Women and adolescents require access to age-appropriate and culturally sensitive reproductive health care services, including emergency contraception,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL.
“The IFP is not only concerned about babies being abandoned but it is also worried about the easy accessibility to illegal products to terminate pregnancies. We condemn whoever is providing women such products as it can be life-threatening. I would like to urge our law enforcement agents including the SAPS to implement effective and efficient operational strategies so that those who are guilty of such practices are brought to book without delay,” continued Mrs Nkwanyana.
“There is a need to priorities the development of initiatives and health promotion activities that not only identify particularly vulnerable groups but also specifically tailor policy responses and programme interventions to meet the needs of those vulnerable to these clandestine practices. Surveillance of this public health concern is currently inadequate, and improved data collection systems should be put in place. The IFP also urges the Government to reinvigorate the family planning programme and promote awareness about reproductive health among all age groups, especially the youth”, concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.
The IFP is of the view that what seems clear is that significant future reductions in abortion levels in this country are unlikely to occur in the absence of bold societal commitments to helping people avoid unintended pregnancy.
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health
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