Abortion Underground

When writer Wendy Muperi went undercover in Harare, Zimbabwe, she found a slew of underground options—from pills to herbal remedies—promising to end her fake pregnancy at a fraction of a doctor’s fee. Such services are the only abortion option for many women in Zimbabwe.

Onerous legal constraints—coupled with an economic crisis and stock-outs of abortion care drugs—are exacerbating the dangers of abortion in Zimbabwe.

In 2016, almost all of the 66,800 abortions in Zimbabwe were performed outside of health facilities, according to research published in PLOS One. 4 in 10 women who undergo abortions in Zimbabwe experience complications; just half will receive treatment.


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