Abortion legislation introduced in South Africa and Isle of Man

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. The following two items come from the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues.  The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.

South Africa: Pro-Life MP Introduces Bill to Limit Abortions

South African Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley

South African Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley

South African Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley has introduced a bill to limit abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Current law permits abortion on demand in the first trimester, and in the second trimester, if there is a risk to the mother or if the pregnancy would “significantly affect” her “social or economic circumstances.” In effect, abortion is readily available up to 20 weeks.

MP Dudley’s bill would limit abortion to cases of the mother’s health or if the baby has a disability. It would also require counseling and an ultrasound before an abortion. The bill has yet to be tabled by parliament.

Isle of Man: Bill to Increase Access to Abortion Introduced

Legislation has been introduced to broaden the grounds for abortion. The Abortion Reform Bill would allow abortion on demand up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and allow abortion up to 24 weeks if the mother’s life or health was considered to be at risk or for a life-limiting abnormality in the child.

After 24 weeks, abortion would be permitted for threats to a mother’s life or health, life-limiting abnormality or if the unborn child would be born with a serious handicap.

The legislation promotes so-called “non-biased counseling” and “informed consent” which is defined as “consent by a woman of her own free will after receiving information on the risks and benefits of termination of pregnancy.” The bill would allow use of abortion-inducing drugs, described as “medicinal products.” to be distributed by a registered nurse, midwife or registered pharmacist to a woman in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy