Abortion in Zimbabwe

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Abortion in Zimbabwe is only available under limited circumstances. In 2005, IRIN reported that 70,000 illegal abortions took place across the country.[1] The law on abortions, the Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1977, was enacted while the country was still known as Rhodesia and run by the white minority. The law permits the procedure when "the life of the woman is endangered, the child may suffer a permanent physical or mental defect, or the fetus was conceived as a result of rape or incest."[1]