Abortion Laws in Brazil

Safe and secureIs abortion legal in Brazil?

A legal abortion in Brazil is only allowed in the following circumstances:

  • In cases of rape and/or incest (sex with anyone under the age of 14 is automatically defined as rape)
  • In order to save the woman’s life
  • When the fetus suffers from a congenital brain disorder – anencephaly

Any women who procures an abortion for reasons not listed above can face up to three years in prison. In 2013, a new law was passed which no longer required women to prove they were raped in order to access legal abortion services. In addition, the law also covers marital rape, thus allowing wives who have been raped by their husbands to legally procure an abortion.

Safe and secureWhat are the different abortion services available in Brazil?

  • Medical Abortion (MA)
  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)
  • Dilation & Curettage (D&C)
  • Electric Aspiration

Safe and secureWho can perform legal abortions in Brazil?

Any trained and licensed medical doctor can perform a legal abortion.

Safe and secureWhere can I go for legal abortion services in Brazil?

Legal abortion services are available at both public and private health institutions.

Note:

Safe abortion services should be available at a wide range of health facilities although the actual number of sites providing the service is unknown. In addition, Brazil’s law allows medical professionals to object to per- forming an abortion on moral and religious grounds.

Safe and secureWhat is the cost of a safe abortion in Brazil?

  • Abortion pills can cost anywhere between USD 30 – USD 60 per pill.
  • Surgical abortion procedures can cost between USD 1,400 – 2,500

Safe and secureWhich abortion pills are available in Brazil?

  • Misoprostol (Cytotec)

Safe and secureCan I buy abortion pills at a pharmacy in Brazil?

Abortion pills can be bought at the pharmacy but only with an accompanying prescription.

Safe and secureWho can I contact for additional information in Brazil?

Coletivo Feminista Sexualidade e Saúde: http://mulheres.org.br/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColetivoFeminista/
Phone number: +55 11 3812-8681

Reprolatina: https://reprolatina.org.br/nossos-servicos

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Reprolatina/
Phone number: +55 19 3289-1735