Policies and Guidelines

National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Framework Strategy

This National ASRH and R Framework Strategy resonates with the vision of the Population Policy for South Africa (1998) which is “to contribute towards the establishment of a society that provides a high and equitable quality of life for all South Africans in which population trends are commensurate with sustainable socio-economic and environmental development.” The goal of the Population Policy is “to bring about changes in the determinants of the country’s population trends, so that these trends, so that these trends are consistent with the achievement of sustainable human development.”

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Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1996 (Act No. 92 of 1996) (“the Act”) is the law governing abortion in South Africa. It allows abortion on demand up to the twelfth week of pregnancy, under broadly specified circumstances from the thirteenth to the twentieth week, and only for serious medical reason s after the twentieth week. The Act has been described by the Guttmacher Institute as “one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world.”

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National Contraception Policy Guidelines

A decade after the last contraception policy was released, the National Department of Health (DOH) recognised the need to update and revise the policy document: National Contraception Policy Guidelines within a reproductive health framework (2001) and the National Contraception Service Delivery Guideline (2003). The National Contraception and Fertility Planning Policy and Service Delivery Guidelines and National Contraception Clinical Guidelines are extremely important documents aimed at reprioritising contraception and fertility planning in South Africa, with an emphasis on dual protection.

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