A critical retrospection regarding the legality of abortion in South Africa

  • S. A. de Freitas University of the Free State, South Africa


Abortion touches at the heart of the commencement of life, and therefore has to be approached accordingly. In this article, the South African jurisprudential debate on the legality of abortion, including the judgment in Christian Lawyers Association of SA v Minister of Health and the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, is critically investigated. In conclusion, a proposed point of departure is postulated, with the aim of shedding more light on foetal status. In this regard, it is argued that, as part of the primary enquiry, morality and science, with special emphasis on fertilization, will have to play a more integral role.


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