South Africa

Updated: 2022-12-14 Legal | Abortion Pills | Local Organizations | Community Comments | Scam List

Organizations and Resources

  • Women on Web
    Abortion pill access by mail
  • Abortion Support South Africa
    Abortion pill access by prescription.
    1. Visit to connect with a doctor who can prescribe abortion pills.
    2. You can collect your medicines from a pharmacy near you. Abortion pills cost R180 (misoprostol alone) or R800 (mifepristone and misoprostol) that you pay at the pharmacy. There are no other fees for this service.
    3. The doctor provides instructions on how to safely manage your abortion at home.
    Abortion with pills at home is an option for you if your pregnancy is 10 weeks or less.
  • Marie Stopes South Africa
    Safe Abortion Services, Post-Abortion Care, Contraception, STI and HIV Screening, Women's Wellness (Pap Smears, HPV testing, Breast Exam). The fees are cross-subsidised across the network, centres can offer prices that best suit the communities they serve. Abortion pills by post with telephone consultation.
    0800 11 77 85
    WhatsApp: 0600949173
    Marie Stopes South Africa on Facebook.
    @mariestopes_sa on Instagram
    @mariestopes_sa on Twitter
  • South African Government
    The website and information for the Republic of South Africa

    Abortion is provided free of charge at many government clinics and hospitals.
    You can find a clinic using the Where to Care Map, the Siza Map or contact Abortion Support Facebook Group.

    The information on these maps may not be updated. You can go to our nearest clinic for a referral if you are struggling to find help.

Community Comments

  1. "Misoprostol is available at pharmacies and hospitals with a doctor's prescription. Access is easy with a prescription. It is important to note that illegal abortion providers mainly use Misoprostol. People seeking safe abortion care can do so at a public or private hospital, at Marie Stopes South Africa or at at registered medical practitioner. Hospitals, if not providing the service themselves, should refer clients to a centre that does.
    Unfortunately, South Africa is riddled with a large number of illegal abortion providers, giving abortion services that risk the health and safety of so many women who seek safe abortion care. Posters on street lamps, websites over run with stock images, spelling errors, etc are to be approached with extreme caution. These "services" are often marketed as "cheap" and "pain-free." No pre-abortion counseling takes place, and clients are given doses of medication that can be unsafe. An abortion provider must be registered, and like any other medical provider, they must have safe, clean facilities that comply with the Health Infrastructure Norms and Standards set out by the Department of Health." - Marie Stopes South Africa, November 2022
  2. Mifepristone and misoprostol are avavilale in pharmacies. You will nee with a prescription. If a pharmacy does not have stock, you can ask them to order. Usually pharmacies can get stock within 24 hours. Not all pharmacies stock mifepristone - pharmacies attached to private hospitals are more likely to have stock.

    Most pharmacies are friendly and will help you with your prescription. A few pharmacists feel that abortion goes against their belief refuse to dispense. Pharmacies are not allowed to deny services to women seeking abortion pills but many do not know this. The best thing to do if a pharmacist turns you away is try another pharmacy and let them know that abortion is safe and legal and you have a right to access services. - Abortion Support South Africa, June 2023


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