Abortion Laws in the Thailand

Is abortion legal in Thailand?

Thailand’s abortion law was modeled from 19th century European legislation. In 1957, there was an amendment that allowed abortion in certain cases. Abortion services are legally restricted in Thailand and are only conditionally allowed under the following circumstances:

  • Abortion is allowed to save the life of the woman
  • Abortion is allowed to preserve physical health
  • Abortion is allowed to preserve mental health
  • Abortion is allowed in cases of rape
  • Abortion is allowed in cases of fetal impairment

What are the different abortion services available in Thailand?

Abortion services in Thailand are primarily medical abortion; Mifepristone and Misoprostol are utilized to terminate pregnancy provided that the conditions are met. In addition to medical abortion, surgical abortion methods that are used are dilation and curettage, early vacuum aspiration, and manual vacuum aspiration.

Who can perform abortion services in Thailand?

Fully qualified medical practitioners are the primary providers that are legally allowed to perform an abortion. Moreover, prior to the abortion service, necessary paperwork, which is obtained through a legal procedure, needs to be submitted to the doctor. In addition, NGOs may also provide abortion services.

Where can I go for abortion services in Thailand?

Both the private and public sector provide abortion services. The following are the list of clinics in Thai that provide abortion services:

How much does an abortion service cost in Thailand?

The cost depends on where the abortion service is going to take place. Abortion services done in a public sector facility costs up to $100. On the other hand, abortion services done in a private sector facility costs $60-500. Another aspect that affects the cost of the procedure is the length of the pregnancy at the time of the abortion.

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