Abortion Advocacy Groups Praise Legacy of Nelson Mandela for Legalizing Abortion in South Africa

Mandela Credit South Africa The Good NewsEASTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA — Abortion advocacy groups in the U.S. and around the world are praising the legacy of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela for his role in legalizing abortion in the country.

Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner known for his work to end apartheid, passed away on Thursday at the age of 95 after a prolonged battle with a lung infection.

“Today, we’re honoring the incredible life of a true champion for social justice, equality, and peace,” Planned Parenthood posted on Twitter Friday morning, including a picture of Mandela wearing a ribbon lapel pin.

“It is with great sadness that we heard today about the passing of Nelson Mandela,” NARAL Pro-Choice America posted on Facebook. “Among so many other accomplishments, he replaced one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the world with one of the most progressive, giving women in South Africa sole control over whether to choose abortion.”

The multi-state abortion enterprise Whole Woman’s Health posted a similar message on Twitter.

“Among his many humanitarian legacies, Nelson Mandela passed one of the most liberal #abortion laws in the world,” it wrote.

In 1996, Mandela signed into law the Choice on Termination Pregnancy Bill, which allowed for abortion on demand up to the twelfth week of pregnancy, and permitted pregnancy terminations under certain circumstances for up to 20 weeks. Prior to the signing of the bill, the 1975 Abortion and Sterilization Act was the law of the land, which banned abortion except in the instances of rape, incest, life of mother or severe handicap.

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In 1998, a group of Christian attorneys sought to challenge the legislation, stating that it trampled on the right to life. However, the Transvaal Provincial Division of the High Court upheld the law, ruling that constitutional rights applied only to the born and not the unborn.

Reports state that over 1 million babies have been aborted in South Africa since Mandela signed the Choice on Termination Pregnancy Bill into law.

As a result, some pro-life leaders found it difficult to laud the former South African leader this week, although they were sad to hear of his death.

“Nelson Mandela has the blood of preborn children on his hands … lots of them,” wrote blogger Jill Stanek on Saturday. “[E]ven if he were an otherwise all-around hero, I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to say a positive word to say about him other than, ‘I pray he repented.’”

‘[I]t makes no sense for pro-life Christians to praise Mandela’s example considering what he did with that power once he became president,” wrote Paul Tuns, editor of the Canadian pro-life publication The Interim. “A little balance is necessary in our reaction to the man who fought one injustice, but helped institute another.”

“Nelson Mandela certainly was not a friend to the unborn or to the people he claimed to protect,” wrote the organization Keep Life Legal. “[W]hat about apartheid in the womb? … I sincerely hope that Mr. Mandela found the Lord before his death, but be very aware he did not protect unborn life, even of the people he claimed to protect.”

Funeral services are now being planned for Mandela, which according to Clayson Monyela of Department of International Relations and Cooperation, “will be the biggest funeral, possibly, that the world has seen…”

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  • Webb

    Mandela is experiencing his just reward. He always sought for “justice”, and now he’s got his and not liking it one bit.

  • Him

    His image was not created by him at all. It was all created in the media who made him into some innocent person who went to jail just because he was black, a total lie. Yes his government were racists, but he was a murderous communist who was imprisoned for his crimes. I remember when he was released and they had that massive world wide concert in around 84, people just thought he was a black man put in prison for being black and how he suffered unjustly. It is like saying if Hitler caught a murderer that just because Hitler caught him and put him in jail he must be innocent because after all it is Hitler who put him in jail. That is the image created in the media of Mandela, he always kept his mouth shut after he was released to keep this aura since no one could get him to open his mouth, but his actions told his true dark evil nature was still inside. Mandela is the man who brought Abortion to South Africa in 1996 and thought nothing of it.

    According to official statistics, nearly a million unborn children have been killed in South Africa since President Mandela signed legislation in 1996 permitting abortion on demand two years after taking office. Same-sex ‘marriage’ was legalized in 2006, with Mandela having supported it long before its passage.

    from a book of quotations from Mandela noting his statement on abortion he said:

    “Women have the right to decide what they want to do with their bodies.”

    In addition he pushed promotion of homosexuality, contraception and close ties to Communism

    “Madiba was also a member of the South African Communist Party, where he served in the Central Committee.”


    Mandela also served as Chairman of the so-called “Non-Aligned Movement,” a chairmanship also held my the likes of:

    Former dictator of Yugoslavia Josip Tito
    Cuba’s Generalissimo Fidel Castro
    Former Muslim Brotherhood leader of Egypt Mohamed Morsi
    Former Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


  • Sir Tainly

    Man gets the just reward of a deadly disease for implementing a gentile law that God has not one statute, ordinance, or commandment against in His Word……said no prophet ever!

  • George Stevenson

    Ok, hold up a second.

    One of the last nice people on Earth, one who abolished racism in his country, just died, and instead of joining the world celebrating his life, you decide to trash him over one little law he passes?

    And you three, in the comments section. Have you no common decency?!?!? Why are you focusing on this one little law he passed and instead not looking at the big picture; one of a kind man who served his country and won a giant battle against racism?

    Would Jesus say this? Would Jesus want to say this about Nelson Mandela? No. He would join the world in mourning of a fantastic, one of a kind man and promise he had a spot in heaven.

    I can’t believe ANY Christian would say horrible things about a fantastic man.

    • Sir Tainly

      I used to look down on a certain popular style of music for how they seemed to build themselves up by putting everybody down, escpecially women…calling them b______, h___, and other denigrating terms.

      But then to my surprise it seemed like certain Christian subcultures were just as bad if not worse.

      In some places nothing makes you look better than a good Bible based put down.

      Being a critic; or critical; is easy. But I have to believe that even if they do somehow manage to base their criticism on something Bible based, that such critical critics 99.99% (roughly 😀 ) of the time still do not speak for God.

    • seamus o’fithchellaigh

      thank you!!! my skin crawls with the theocratic arrogance and hate I find too often on these ‘christian’ pages

  • Johny walker

    its all good.If it is true that madiba legalized abortion and same-sex marriage the we can only hope that his soul rest in peace

  • Alien & Stranger

    In fact, Mandela was a Methodist. He probably was influenced by liberation and liberal theology, which is prevalent among some Methodist leaders. In fact, Methodists tend towards moral and spiritual compromise in RSA. Poor Wesley. Of course none of us knows whether Mandela came to know the Lord in his final time on earth. Only the Lord knows.