Is abortion legal in Singapore?
In Singapore, abortion services are legal. Furthermore, there is no legal requirement for parental consent for minors and there is no defined limitation on age according to the Singapore Termination of Pregnancy (ToP) Act. The one caveat is if you are below 14 years of age – this is deemed to be statutory rape, and thus will have to be reported to your parents and the police.
In addition, abortion services are not allowed for pregnancies beyond 24 weeks (6 months) unless there is the mother’s life is in danger or the fetus has a severe abnormality. In such cases, approval must be obtained from necessary authorities for the abortion to be conducted. Abortion services are usually only available to citizens of Singapore; however, foreigners may be eligible for abortion services if they meet at least one of the following conditions:
- They are married to a citizen of Singapore or hold PR status.
- They have been residing in Singapore for 4 months or more.
- They hold or are the wife of a holder of a non-temporary work or employment permit pass.
- The life of the woman is endangered and an abortion is immediately necessary.