However, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitutional Sentence 0206/2014, the Legal Interruption of Pregnancy (ILE) can be accessed when:
a pregnancy has occurred as a result of rape. In this case, the victim can access abortion services in a public or private health center, presenting only a copy of the rape report.
if the pregnancy generates a risk to the health or life of the woman. In this case, an evaluation of the doctor or health servant and the consent of the woman will be necessary to carry out the ILE (CIES).
What are the abortion services available in Bolivia?
The ILE services approved in Bolivia are:
Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)
Abortion with pills (Mifepristone and Misoprostol)
Post-abortion care services available in Bolivia vary and according to Constitutional Sentence 0206/2014, there is also a protocol for post-abortion contraception. It indicates that post-abortion contraception should be “promoted during the comprehensive care process of the MVA, which must be offered respecting the free and informed choice of the user, to prevent unwanted pregnancies, promoting the practice of optimal spacing and facilitating access to a wide range of contraceptive methods “(Ministry of Health, 2015).
However, in practice, the right to conscientious objection by physicians delays access to the ILE, forcing women to access unsafe or very expensive abortions.
Who can provide a safe abortion in Bolivia?
As long as the grounds of Constitutional Sentence 0206/2014 are complied with, the ILE can be carried out by any certified doctors in the procedure.
According to the principle of celerity, those who require an ILE must be guaranteed prompt and agile attention. The period between the request for the practice and its completion should not be greater than 10 calendar days (Ministry of Health).
It is worth clarifying that “if a public or private official, or a medical professional does not comply with the Sentence, a complaint may be made before the Constitutional Court and these records are sent to the Public Ministry, carrying a criminal liability for those who do not comply”, in accordance with the provisions of article 179 bis of the Penal Code (CIES).
Where can I go to access a safe abortion?
If it is a case referred by ILE, you will be referred to the nearest health center, where the health teams will guarantee the correct procedure.
However, in Bolivia there are also organizations such as IPAS Bolivia and private clinics that can help with the entire process, medication or required instruments.
How much does an abortion cost in Bolivia?
If the treatment includes only the pills (four of Misoprostrol + one of Mifepristone), it has a cost of between 250 and 300 bolivianos (bs), which is equivalent to between 40 and 50 dollars. In the informal market the price can vary, depending on the brand and the context. Generally, each pill is between 80 and 100 bs, that is, between 10 and 15 dollars.
In the case of abortion via MVA, its price depends on several factors, including gestational stage and risk levels. The amounts range between 700 and 2,000 bs or 100 and 300 dollars.
What are the legal and safe medications available?
According to SC: 02-2 / 2014, the treatment with Misoprostol and Mifepristone are available in the country, but only for the cases established in the regulations.
However, although these pills are not easy to access, they can be obtained from international organizations and institutions such as IPAS Bolivia or feminist or accompaniment organizations.
Can I buy abortion pills at a pharmacy in Bolivia?
No, but if it is within the parameters of the SC, doctors can prescribe them without problem.
What do abortion pills look like in Boivia?
Can I buy abortion pills online?
No, due to the classification of abortion as illegal, it is impossible to do it online.
Who can I contact for more information on access to safe abortion in Bolivia?
There is an accompanying telephone line: Free, safe and autonomous abortion line (+59177508219). You can call from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., from anywhere in Bolivia.
CIES Sexual Health – Reproductive Health, is a private clinic that provides information, post-abortion care, guidance and a team of doctors trained to attend to ILE situations. https://www.cies.org.bo/