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Illegal abortion| Sisters convicted of illegal aborting await sentencing

You would expect that they know better. As people who are in the health sector, they know better than anyone when and when the abortion can be performed. But not for these two sisters Lulama and Babalwa Cabela, who ran Mother and Child Health Care services, which offered antenatal and postnatal services.

The duo ran an illegal abortion centre, masked an a healthcare centre. They were arrested in February 2016, after police investigation into the illegal abortion in the city. They were charge with 25 counts of concealment of birth after police found 25 foetuses in the freezer on their premises. It was found that Lulama performed abortion at the centre and at her home. Some of the abortions were performed at 13 weeks or longer than gestation period. South African law permits abortions to be performed up to 12 weeks or first trimester. After that, it is illegal to perform an abortion

The sisters were on bail for R5000 each. They were convicted on the 27 May 2022 and will be sentenced on the 20 June 2022


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