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Abortion Laws in Côte d’Ivoire

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Is abortion legal in Côte d’Ivoire?

An abortion in Côte d’Ivoire is only permitted to save the life of the woman. In addition, three physicians need to certify that the life of the women can only be saved with an abortion.

The Penal Code also prohibits any incitement of abortion through public discussion, advertisement or the sale of various substances and products.

However, Post –Abortion Care services are legal though implementation and access remains mired by challenges.

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What are the different (PAC) services available in Côte d’Ivoire?

  • Medical methods: Using pills such as misoprostol (Cytotec, Miso Fem )
  • Surgical methods: Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)
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Who can provide PAC services in Côte d’Ivoire?

Legal abortion services can be performed either by a Gynecologist, General Practitioner or Nurse. However, the process is costly (USD 30 - USD 112) and untrained providers can often cause more harm than good. In addition, religious, social and provider stigma deter many women from seeking out these services.

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Where can I go for PAC services in Côte d’Ivoire?

PAC services can be accessed at both government and private health facilities.

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What abortion pills are available in Côte d’Ivoire?

  • Misoprostol is available under the brand names Misofem and Cytotec
  • Mifepristone is available under the brand name Mifegyne.
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Can I buy abortion pills at a pharmacy in Côte d’Ivoire?

  • Misoprostol is available in pharmacies, however cannot be sold without a prescription.

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

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Who can I contact for additional abortion information and support in Côte d’Ivoire?

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