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Abortion Under Apartheid: Nationalism, Sexuality, and Women's Reproductive Rights in South Africa

Susanne M. Klausen


This is the first book to focus on the history of abortion in an African context. It traces the criminalization of abortion in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948–1990), the emergence of a flourishing clandestine abortion industry, and the controversial passage in 1975 of the country’s first statutory law on abortion. The study examines the politics of gender, sexuality, racism, and nationalism in the making and maintenance of apartheid culture, in particular regarding the authoritarian National Party government’s attempt to regulate white women’s reproductive sexuality in the interest ... More

Keywords: Clandestine abortion, Apartheid culture, Sexuality, Feminism, Reproductive rights, Nationalism, National Party, Authoritarianism, Racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844494
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844494.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susanne M. Klausen, author
Associate Professor of History, Carleton University, Ottowa, Ottowa, Ontario