oa South African Medical Journal - Therapeutic abortion: two important judicial pronouncements

Volume 46, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Prior to 1971 no South African court has pronounced itself on the grounds upon which termination of pregnancy may be legally justified. On the basis of Roman-Dutch Law sources, the traditional view was that the sole ground recognized by our law is to save the life of the pregnant woman.

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