June 15, 2024

underage pregnancyIf you’re under 18 and want to get an abortion, it’s important to know that abortion is legal for minors with underage pregnancy in South Africa. You can also choose to tell your parents if you’d like, but that’s up to you. Still, there are many misconceptions about minors and abortions that we’d like to clear up here.

Abortion is legal for minors

From the moment you get pregnant, you have the right to decide what happens next. You can choose abortion, which ends your pregnancy and often uses medicine to help with cramping and bleeding. Or if you want to keep your baby, adoption is another option that allows someone else to raise your child.

This section tells you how abortion works for those under 18 (also called minors). It covers:

Who may perform an abortion on a minor?

When does a minor need to get parental consent or notification?

What laws apply if I’m too young to give consent myself?

Teens with supportive parents often choose to tell their parents anyway.

If you have supportive parents, they can be a great source of emotional and financial support. You can count on them to help with childcare or transportation if necessary. They may even know of a clinic that provides free or low-cost services to teens.

There are many misconceptions about minors and abortions

There are many misconceptions about minors and abortions. It’s important to know that you don’t need your parents’ permission to get an abortion. You don’t even have to tell them if you don’t want to. However, there are some things they should know if they’re not already aware of the plan:

The age at which a minor can legally consent to an abortion varies from state to state, but it’s usually between 15 and 18 years old (depending on the state).

If you’re under 18, it’s important for your parents or guardians to be supportive of any decision regarding your reproductive health care—even if that means having an abortion. If you’re still worried about telling them what happened, consider talking with a trusted adult friend or family member who understands your situation and wishes only for your happiness and safety during this difficult time in life.

The first step is to get accurate information about your options. You can talk to a parent, friend or other trusted adult about your situation and ask them for help finding a clinic near you that offers confidential services. If you need support, call 800-752-6510 and they will connect you with someone who can answer any questions or concerns you have about an abortion procedure.

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