Abortion Laws in Mali

Abortion is legal in Mali under certain circumstances. The abortion pills can be purchased from pharmacies with a prescription, and surgical abortions are also available.

Safe and secureIs abortion legal in Mali?

In Mali, therapeutic termination of pregnancy is allowed:

  • when the continuation of the pregnancy endangers the life and health of the woman;
  • when an illness of particular gravity is diagnosed in the fetus; and
  • when the pregnancy is the established consequence of a rape or an incestuous relationship, at the request of the pregnant woman.

However, post-abortion care services are legal, though implementation and access remains mired by challenges.

Safe and secureWhat are the different post-abortion care services available in Mali?

The two types of post-abortion care services available in Mali are classified as:

  • Medical methods: Using pills, such as Misoprostol (Cytotec, Misoclear); and
  • Surgical methods: Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA).

Safe and secureWho can provide post-abortion care services in Mali?

Legal abortion services can be performed either by a gynecologist, general practitioner, or midwife. Untrained providers can often cause more harm than good. In addition, religious, social, and provider stigma deters many women from seeking out these services.

Safe and secureWhere can I go for post-abortion care services in Mali?

Post-abortion care services can be accessed at both government and private health facilities.

Safe and secureWhat abortion pills are available in Mali?

The two abortion pills that are available in Mali are:

  • Misoprostol, which is available under the brand names Misoclear, Cytotecal, and Miso-Fem; and
  • Mifepristone, which, in association with Misoprostol, is available under the brand name Mifepack.

Safe and secureWhere can I buy abortion pills in Mali?

Misoprostol and Mifepack are available in pharmacies, but cannot be sold without a prescription.


Some pharmacists might sell the abortion pills without a prescription; however, they do not often provide proper instructions on eligibility, dosage, and usage. Please refer to the following page on our website for comprehensive instructions on how to use the pill: https://www.howtouseabortionpill.org/howto/

Safe and secureWhat do abortion pills look like in Mali?

Misoclear Abortion Pill Mifopack Abortion Pill

Miso-Fem Abortion Pill Cytotecal Abortion Pill

Safe and secureWho can I contact for additional abortion information and support in Mali?

The following organizations may be able to provide safe abortion information and support in Mali:


  • 'Loi n° 02 – 044 / du 24 juin 2002 Relative à la santé de la reproduction, République du Mali' http://www.sante.gov.ml/

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