The police department in Twic County has warned private clinics against the sale of abortion pills.
The warning comes a day after a teenage girl terminated a five-month pregnancy in the area. Both the girl and the boyfriend are currently in police custody.
According to the director of police this is the tenth abortion report they have received in the last two years.
“Private pharmacists must stop selling drugs that cause abortion unless with approval from a medical doctor,” Brig.-Gen. Marko Mawien Madut, director, told Mayardit FM on Tuesday.
“It is not encouraged, and I appealed the government to take measures against it.”
In South Sudan, abortion is a criminal offense unless done in good faith for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.
Article 264 of the South Sudan Penal Code Act 2008 states that every person who by deceit causes any other person who is not lawfully married to him or her to cohabit or have sexual intercourse, commits an offence.
It adds that, upon conviction, the offender shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or with a fine or with both.