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“Gynecologist Innocent Zimbwa Faces Investigation Over Alleged Operation of Underground Ab_ortion Facility”

"Gynecologist Innocent Zimbwa Faces Investigation Over Alleged Operation of Underground Abortion Facility"

In Harare, Zimbabwe, the professional conduct of gynecologist Innocent Zimbwa is under scrutiny as allegations surface regarding his involvement in an illicit ab_ortion center operating within his medical facility. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Zimbwa is accused of catering to s_x workers and desperate women seeking clandestine termination of pr_egnancies. Moreover, reports suggest his engagement in unauthorized surrogacy procedures and the unlawful collection of eggs, jeopardizing women’s well-being and infringing upon their rights.

Insiders within the health sector have disclosed an ongoing investigation into Zimbwa’s alleged unethical practices. If proven true, these allegations could lead to the revocation of his medical license by the health council. Sources intimate that Zimbwa is unlikely to admit to performing illegal abortions due to the severe legal consequences.

The purported illicit procedures are said to take place at Zimbwa’s surgery on Central Avenue, with a private investigation uncovering these activities over time. Attempts to elicit a response from Zimbwa have been fruitless, as he remains unresponsive to phone calls.

In Zimbabwe, the Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1977 allows abortions under specific circumstances, and engaging in unauthorized procedures can lead to imprisonment or fines. Despite the legal risks, individuals, including minors, reportedly seek out Zimbwa for discreet and smooth terminations, particularly sex workers.

While unauthorized ab_ortion facilities in Zimbabwe are typically run by unlicensed practitioners, it raises concerns as to why a registered medical professional like Zimbwa would choose to operate outside legal boundaries. Health professionals reveal that four out of ten women undergoing illegal abortions in Zimbabwe experience complications, contributing to an alarming rise in cases, reaching 80,000 per year.

The restrictive abortion laws in Zimbabwe force women and girls to find their own means, whether legal or not. A survey by the health council indicates that s_x workers, fearing the impact of childbirth on their ability to work and provide for themselves, turn to clandestine procedures.

The involvement of medical practitioners in illegal ab_ortions, including public hospital staff, adds complexity to the issue. These doctors can reportedly earn significant sums, with each procedure fetching $150 to $200. The prevalence of illegal abortions compounds Zimbabwe’s already high maternal mortality rate, standing at 614 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the United Nations Population Fund. This places the country among the nations with the highest maternal mortality rates globally, raising concerns about the sustainability and impact of these clandestine practices on women’s health and well-being.


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