Illegal abortionists or backyard illegal abortion clinics according to The Sunday Mail are aborting approximately 60000 pregnancies per year. The Sunday Mail spoke to women who are visiting these clinics and the women narrated horrid stories of how the abortionists are terminating their unwanted pregnancies.
According to the Sunday Mail reporter, illegal abortion is big business and people are being charged US$12 for a drug that induces miscarriage known as Chigeza Mudumbu. The abortion pills barons reportedly claimed that they were getting the pills from their doctor friends.
According to Marie Stopes International:
More than 60 000 women still undergo unsafe terminations each year, thereby risking death from haemorrhage, infection or shock.
According to the publication, Most of these abortionists who are working with some doctors at some of the country’s biggest referral hospitals are found in Mbare:
“Street doctors” and traditional healers, who trade at the famous Mupedzanhamo Market in Mbare, are at the heart of this gory business.
They are the chief suppliers of concoctions, which they believe completely terminate pregnancies. They also work with unscrupulous doctors, bringing together a coterie of operatives and runners from the major hospitals.
Information gathered by The Sunday Mail Society shows that some doctors at Zimbabwe’s major referral hospitals are facilitating the unlawful termination of unwanted pregnancies using prescription drugs
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