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Why do women decide to do abortion?

Why women decide to terminate unwanted pregnancy


If you’re thinking about having an abortion, you’re so not alone. Millions of women face unplanned pregnancies every year, and about 4 out of 10 of them decide to get an abortion.  

Some people with planned pregnancies also get abortions because of health or safety reasons. Overall, one in every four women in South Africa will have an abortion by the time they’re 45 years old. 

Sometimes, the decision is simple. Other times, it’s complicated. But either way, the decision to have an abortion is personal, and you’re the only one who can make it. 

Everyone has their own unique and valid reasons for having an abortion.  Some of the many different reasons women decide to end a pregnancy include:

  • They want to be the best parent possible to the kids they already have.
  • They’re not ready to be a parent yet.
  • It’s not a good time in their life to have a baby.
  • They want to finish school, focus on work, or achieve other goals before having a baby.
  • They’re not in a relationship with someone they want to have a baby with.
  • They’re in an abusive relationship or were sexually assaulted.
  • The pregnancy is dangerous or bad for their health.
  • The fetus won’t survive the pregnancy or will suffer after birth.
  • They just don’t want to be parents.


Deciding to have an abortion doesn’t mean you don’t want or love children. In fact, 6 out of 10 people who get abortions already have kids — and many of them decide to end their pregnancies so they can focus on the children they already have.  

And people who aren’t already parents when they get an abortion often go on to have a baby later, when they feel they are in a better position to be good parents.  

The bottom line is, deciding if and when to have a baby is very personal, and only you know what’s best for you and your family.     What can I think about to help me decide?

Family, relationships, school, work, life goals, health, safety, and personal beliefs — people think carefully about these things before having an abortion.  

But you’re the only person walking in your shoes, and the only person who can decide whether to have an abortion. The decision is 100% yours.  

 Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about an abortion:

  • Am I ready to be a parent?
  • Would I consider adoption?
  • What would it mean for my future if I had a child now?
  • What would it mean for my family if I had a child now?
  • How would being a parent affect my career goals?
  • Do I have strong personal or religious beliefs about abortion?
  • Is anyone pressuring me to have or not have an abortion?
  • Would having a baby change my life in a way I do or don’t want?Would having an abortion change my life in a way I do or don’t want?
  • What kind of support would I need and get if I decided to get an abortion?
  • What kind of support would I need and get if I decided to have a baby? 


Decisions about your pregnancy are deeply personal. You hold the power to make decisions that are best for you in order to stay on your own path to a healthy and meaningful life.  

There are lots of things to consider, and it’s totally normal to have many different feelings and thoughts when making this decision.  

That’s why it’s important to get factual, non-judgmental information about abortion.  Support from family, friends, partners, and other people you trust can also be helpful.  

But at the end of the day, only you know what’s right for you.  Who can I talk with about getting an abortion?

Lots of people learn from others to help them with their decision. It’s good to choose people who you know are understanding and supportive of you.  

Other family planning centers and private doctors may also talk with you about your decision. 

No one should pressure you into making any decision about your pregnancy, no matter what.  

So it’s important to get the info and support you need from people who give you the real facts and won’t judge you. 

If you’re having no one to talk with, contact MyChoice Women Clinic we will give you a free and confidential space to talk about making decisions about your pregnancy.  

We will give you judgment-free support at any point in your pregnancy decision and experience, no matter what you decide to do or how you feel about it. 

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