Abortion Laws in Nicaragua

In Nicaragua abortion is completely criminalized, there is no exception for the interruption of pregnancy. As stated in the law 641 of the penal code in Nicaragua, in articles 143, 144, 145 and recognizes in the 148 and 149 injuries in which is to be born.{1} Nicaragua is part of the 3 countries of the Central American region that do not recognize any legal grounds for the interruption of pregnancy, being this a serious violation of women’s human rights.


Is abortion legal in Nicaragua?

No, abortion is totally penalized and criminalized. No grounds for terminating the pregnancy are allowed.


What are the abortion services available in Nicaragua?

Only Post-abortion Care, provided in some public health units. This is recognized in the 2013 protocol for the care of obstetric complications.{2}


Who can provide a safe abortion in Nicaragua?

No one is legally empowered to provide abortion services.

There are networks in the Latin American region that can support women in Nicaragua, this information can be provided discreetly.


Where can I go to access a safe abortion?

Post-abortion care is a possibility in the country, because it is included as an obstetric complication, but no health center provides abortion care, not even in circumstances where the woman’s life is in danger: the fetus has serious malformations congenital or pregnancy is the product of sexual violence.


How much does an abortion cost?

In a private center the cost can range from $ 300 – $ 500 USD. These are clandestine centers.


What are the legal and safe medications available?

Only misoprostol. There are brands available such as Cytotec. It is included in the regulations for the care of some obstetric complications and for gastric use purposes.

Where can I get abortion pills?

They can be bought with a prescription in pharmacies in the country. But the recipes are not of easy access. The cost is not that high, the box of 28 pills costs $25 USD maximum.


Who can I contact for additional abortion information and support in Nicaragua?

You can ask directly to international organizations, they might have local information to provide:

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