U.S. Supreme Court Police guard the building during a protest against anti-abortion legislation at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington
DURBAN - We don’t live in a perfect world. If we did, perhaps abortions wouldn’t even be on the agenda.

But we live in a world where, apart from the fact that there are too many of us fighting for space, housing, electricity, schooling, health care, water, etc, women and children are raped on a daily basis.

A lot of them are left pregnant by this dastardly deed.

School pupils, who have had no sex education, are left pregnant by fellow pupils or even teachers.

It is sickening that nurses running clinics for abortions don’t want to help these poor women and girls in need.

They shouldn’t be in nursing or should certainly not be allowed to work at these clinics.

Due to these health-care workers not doing their jobs, these women and girls are resorting to backstreet abortions, which have become a burgeoning trade.

You can bet that, among the pro-lifers, if any of their family members were left pregnant after rape, their attitude would change. Why should you be made to keep a baby you didn’t plan for?

So women out there, remember, you have a legal right in South Africa to have an abortion, so don’t let these clinics turn you away.