In 2018, Health-e News developed a documentary on this crucial issue, which was broadcasted on eNCA’s investigative show Checkpoint. This documentary explores the realities of abortion in South Africa and the barriers women face while accessing safe abortion services. Three compelling and heart-breaking personal testimonies of women and their experience with illegal, and in one case, life-threatening abortion, gives us a glimpse of the challenges and barriers women face while seeking abortion services in the country.
Through undercover footage, we see how illegal abortion providers operate and the stigma that healthcare workers harbour against abortion. Two of our most vocal and active champions, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng and Dr Melusi also highlight the social and systemic barriers that impact access and compel women to resort to extreme measures to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
In 2019, #MyBodyMyChoice organised an art exhibition titled “Voices and Choices,” curated by Mmabatho Montsho. This exhibition took the stories, experiences and the issues of abortion out of the shadows out in the open, allowing people to be able to interact with other people’s stories, with artworks and with the exhibition itself. Hosted by Constitution Hill, the exhibition was viewed by over 5000 people and extended pro bono by a month due to attention from the media and influencers.