South Africa Officials Warn About Unlicensed Abortion Practitioners Nationwide
by Steven Ertelt
July 28, 2008
Pretoria, South Africa(LifeNews.com) — Health officials in South Africa are warning that the number of unlicensed abortion practitioners there is on the rise. The Health Professions Council of South Africa said over the weekend that these bogus doctors are putting women’s lives at risk by doing legal abortions but without proper medical training.
The council said the number of advertisements in phone books and on billboards across the country featuring the unlicensed abortion practitioners is increasing.
"The fact that names are only written as Dr Cure, Dr John, Dr Liezl etc, is clear indication these people are not registered with the HPCSA or any organization as the full details are not given," the HPCSA said in a statement.
"Only qualified medical practitioners are allowed to carry out abortions," it added, according to a News 24 report.
The health care agency said people should report anyone "masquerading" as an abortion practitioner to police so government officials could prosecute them for violating medical laws.
HPCSA Registrar Boyce Mkhize talked with News24 about the increasing numbers.
"They not only put the lives of people at risk due to unscientific methods they employ, but also due to the fact that they cannot be held accountable by the HPCSA in case of negligence and complications arising from their interventions," he said.
In June, South Africa officials discovered doctors there are doing illegal late-term abortions.
It uncovered two cases with a Nomgcobo Sangoni who runs an illegal abortion center out of her home in which she promises to do abortions up to 33 weeks into the pregnancy.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Times newspaper discovered James Kyagulanyi is offering illegal late-term abortions up to 23 weeks into pregnancy at the Mdantsane Medical Centre.
Confronted about their activities, both doctors — who are registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa — denied they were breaking the law.
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