Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill Tabled

Parliament

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

Parliament called for comment on the bill in July 2017.

The bill was drawn up by Cheryllyn Dudley, an African Christian Democratic Party member of parliament.

The proposed legislation seeks to delete certain circumstances in which a pregnancy may be terminated and to ensure that a pregnant woman has access to ultrasound examinations and sufficient mandatory counselling to enable her to make a fully informed choice regarding the termination of her pregnancy.

The bill also seeks to amend the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996 in order to:

•    amend a definition;
•    provide that a medical practitioner and a social worker must both be of the opinion that the continued pregnancy would significantly affect the social or economic circumstances of the woman, where the pregnancy is being terminated under such circumstances;
•    delete the circumstance that a pregnancy may be terminated if it would pose a risk of injury to the fetus;
•    ensure that a pregnant woman has access to ultrasound examinations and sufficient counselling to enable her to make a fully informed choice regarding the termination of her pregnancy;
•    ensure that the State promotes mandatory counselling;
•    repeal the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Act of 2004; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

The portfolio committee on health will now process the bill.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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