Safe relinquishment: Finding solutions to South Africa’s child abandonment and late-term abortion crisis

by | Abandonment, Child Homicide

Catholic Bishops Liaison Office

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High levels of crisis pregnancies in South Africa and limited options lead large numbers of desperate
girls and women to abandon their babies in unsafe circumstances, or seek out late-term abortions. This
can result in death or injury to the child and the mother. The availability of ‘baby savers’ as a safe
relinquishment option would do much to prevent these deaths. Yet all forms of child abandonment,
including safe relinquishment, remain a criminal offence in South Africa.


Speakers: Ms Robyn Wolfson Vorster, Child protection activist and writer: “For the Voiceless”
and Dr Whitney Rosenberg, Senior Lecturer, Law of Persons and Family, UJ

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