PRETORIA, November 18, 2003 (  South Africa, one of the only countries in the world with abortion access enshrined in its constitution, has moved to increase abortions by allowing nurses to carry out the procedure.  The draft Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill, which has been tabled in Parliament, would also place approval of new abortuaries in provincial rather than federal jurisdiction.  While the legislation would make it an offence to carry out an abortion in a non-approved facility, it also would allow any health facility with a 24-hour maternity service, whether public or private, to carry out first trimester abortion.  See local coverage:


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