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CAPE TOWN, Oct 22 (LSN) – In June of this year South African Health MinisterNkosazana Zuma proudly announced that there had been 7,069 abortions between February and June 1997. South Africa’s STAR newspaper reported this morning that the number of abortions has climbed to almost 13,000 since February 1, when abortion on demand was legalized.

The conscientious objection of many doctors and nurses in the country has caused delays in the implementation of the ‘‘Termination of Pregnancy Act’’ in at least three provinces. Zuma told reporters in June that ‘‘Travelling teams of staff that terminate pregnancies are being considered to meet the needs of women’‘.

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