Women in Southern Africa

3 Dec

1) Young woman in Angola considering natural miscarriage

I did not think that I could get pregnant the way that we had done things. I do not want to have this persons child. I do not want to have a child at all it will interfere with my schooling and I have people that I already need to take care of.

  • Age: 18
  • Black/African/African American
  • Single (never married)
  • I consented to some but not all of it
  • Were you pressured to have sex?: through verbal threats or intimidation?
  • What is your relationship to the man who got you pregnant?: He is my boyfriend
  • Does the man who got you pregnant support your decision to have a miscarriage?: He does not know about the pregnancy
  • Were you, by your own choice, under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of conception?: No
  • Did you use ANY form of birth control? If so, which method(s) did you use?: I did not use birth control. I was sexually intimate with someone but refrained from vaginal penetration
  • Does anyone know that you are considering aborting the pregnancy?: No
  • What consequences might you face if you are discovered trying to end your pregnancy?: Disowned by family if they found out (forced to leave home or not allowed to return). Beating from my father, brother or other family member if they found out
  • What are your reasons for not choosing to have a medical or surgical abortion?
    • It is too expensive for me at this time
    • I am intimidated by protestors outside the clinic(s) close to where I live
    • I would rather not have a medical or surgical abortion

     

2) Pregnant student scared in South Africa

I AM MOTHER OF TWO ALREADY AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. I CANT AFFORD TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE, I AM CURRENTLY UNDER PRESSURE BECAUSE I NEED TO PROVIDE FOR MY BABIES AND ALSO ALL ALONE WITH VERY RELIGIOUS PARENTS. I NEED HELP, I CANT HAVE THIS CHILD

  • Age: 22
  • Black/African/African American
  • Christian
  • Single (never married)
  • 2
  • Yes it was consensual
  • through verbal threats or intimidation?
  • He is my boyfriend
  • He does not know about the pregnancy
  • No
  • Condom (male)
  • No
  • Husband/boyfriend will leave me if he found out
  • I would rather not have a medical or surgical abortion