Abortions are legal in South Africa, but some women still resort to their own methods to abort their unborn babies.
Estcourt News reports police are investigating an alleged at-home abortion after a young woman reportedly buried her aborted baby’s body in her back yard.
Police said someone at the Rensburgdrift, South Africa home reported the incident after smelling a bad odor, allegedly the aborted baby’s decomposing body.
On Tuesday, police found the body of a baby buried in the yard, according to the report. Reports do not indicate how old the baby was.
Here’s more from the report:
According to a trusted source, who did not want to be named due to relations with the family, a young woman believed to be in her early 20’s, allegedly aborted a foetus a few days earlier.
“We are not sure about the date of the abortion but the child’s body but the woman allegedly aborted the child in a toilet. She removed the foetus from the toilet pan, wrapped it in a cloth and kept it in a wardrobe,” said the source.
A friend living in the house told police that they smelled something bad; afterward, the young woman allegedly took her baby’s body and buried it in the yard, according to the report.
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Police said they found the baby’s body Tuesday after the friend called to report the matter. Their investigation continues.
South Africa has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, allowing abortions on demand for basically any reason and taxpayer-funded abortions. Abortions became legal in 1996 under the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill. Celebrated leader Nelson Mandela supported the legislation.