Abortion in Senegal


Is abortion legal in Senegal?

The abortion law in Senegal is one of the most restrictive in Africa and prohibits abortion in almost all circumstances, except one. Article 35 of the Code of Medical Ethics of Senegal provides a single exception: “Therapeutic abortions can only be carried out if this intervention is the only way to save the life of the mother.”

However, this very limited exception is accompanied by extremely onerous procedural conditions: three different doctors (a prescribing doctor and two supervisory doctors) must certify that the life of the pregnant person can be saved only through such intervention. One of the consultant physicians must be named on the court’s list of experts. And a protocol of the decision must then be sent by registered mail to the President of the Medical Association.


What are the different abortion services available in Senegal?

  • Medical abortion: With the use of pills such as Misoprostol and Mifepristone
  • Surgical abortion: With Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)

Who can provide a safe abortion in Senegal?

A qualified doctor, gynaecologist, midwife or state nurse.


Where can I go for abortion services in Senegal?

  • Public health facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Health centres
  • Health posts
  • Private health facilities
  • Medical and paramedical practices

What is the cost of a safe abortion in Senegal?

The price of abortion pills depends on the brand. Misodia costs 980 Fcfa, Misoclear costs 1050 Fcfa, while for other brands such as Cytotec and Artotec the price exceeds 6000 Fcfa. The price of an abortion with pills also depends on the abortion service. The cost of a clandestine medical abortion in a private clinic varies between 300,000 and 500,000 Fcfa.

The price of a Manual Vacuum Aspiration varies between 50 000 Fcfa and 500 000 Fcfa.


Which abortion pills are available in Senegal?

  • Misoprostol, from brands like Misoclear, Cytotec, Misodia or Artotec
  • Mifepristone

What do abortion pills look like in Senegal?




The image showcases the packaging for Misoclear-200 mcg Misoprostol tablets, specific to the pharmaceutical market in Senegal.


Where can I buy abortion pills in Senegal?

Abortion pills can only be bought with a prescription from:

  • Pharmacies
  • Some health centres
  • Some clinics

What are the post-abortion care services available in Senegal?

Treatment for incomplete abortions, counselling, contraceptives, treatment and prevention of STIs are the post-abortion services available in Senegal. These services are available in private and public hospitals.

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

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