This is the sad reality of South Africa – it is perfectly legal to kill the unborn baby in the womb. In fact, SA is one of the few African nations that have legalised Abortion thereby taking away the Right to Life of their unborn. How can such tragedy be allowed in a country so bright, so beautiful and so boldly resilient as South Africa?
Come with me to take a closer look at the timeline of the South African pro-life struggle as we have something to learn from it.
Before 1975, abortion was not legal (as was the case with many countries around the world). The mother’s womb was a safe place for every unborn child and any attack on life in the womb was against the law of the land. But in 1975, the Abortion and Sterilization Act was passed which legalised abortion for restricted reasons: risk to mental or physical health of mother, rape, incest, or handicapped baby. Churches protested this legalisation as they knew the full implications of this law. And of course some hospitals started interpreting the law liberally to allow easy access to abortion, starting off the war and violence against the unborn with about 1000 unborn babies killed every year in South Africa.
In 1996, the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed, effectively legalising abortion on demand until halfway through pregnancy and for restricted reasons after this.
South Africa’s new abortion law passed its final legislative hurdle today, clearing the way for President Nelson Mandela to replace one of the world’s toughest abortion laws with one of the most liberal. (Quote and link inserted by Taking Life, Love and Faith Seriously)
The law was implemented on 1 February 1997 (now an annual day of protests in South Africa). Following this, the abortionists and abortion-providing organisations like Marie Stopes International, came out in full force to ply their violent trade with the full support of the law of the land. The death toll escalated 30-fold with over 30,000 unborn babies killed each year. The conscience rights of many health care workers in South Africa have been trampled as they are expected and, many times, required to assist in abortions.
So there has been much resistance from these health workers – their struggle continues till today. And the South African pro-life struggle continues.
In all of this, it is important to point out that (according to a poll quoted by UCT Students for Life) 9 out of 10 South Africans believe abortion is wrong. This is essentially a pro-life people. And most of the abortion-supporting 10% are the South African super-rich elite. A real reflection that in many cases an unjust law is not subject to public opinion. It only takes the 10% elite that does not value tender and precious life in the womb to tip the scale of justice.
This is a call to every pro-life country in the world where abortion is being considered as a result of the asphyxiating pressure being applied by the elite, super-rich, individualistic and faithless 10%. Do not give in to the pressure. Do not fall for their play on language. Do not accept their empty promises. Abortion kills babies, destroys families, scars healthcare workers, unleashes violence on the land, harms the society and haunts women for life.
Think about South Africa, a pro-life nation with an all-destructive pro-abortion law.