Since 2007, abortion services have been available upon request in Mexico City and since 2019 in Oaxaca for all women seeking to terminate their pregnancies within the ﬁrst 12 weeks of gestation. In the rest of Mexico, the legality of abortion depends on local laws. Mexico has high numbers of unsafe abortions because of its restriction outside Mexico City and Oaxaca.
Estimates suggest that between 1990-2013, 83% of women using unsafe abortion methods in Mexico ended up requiring hospitalization, and 53% died1, most of whom were adolescents. Women can travel to Mexico City and Oaxaca to access safe abortion procedures. Some organizations will even help women with relocation to the capital for abortion services.
Abortion is legal in Mexico City and Oaxaca within the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy. However, an abortion can be performed after the 12th week of pregnancy if the pregnancy is a result of unwanted insemination, rape or incest and/or if it is approved by two medical practitioners under the following conditions:
Access to abortion is quite different in the rest of the country, outside of Mexico City and Oaxaca. A woman within 12 weeks of gestation can terminate her pregnancy depending on the following conditions written under each individual state’s law2:
Mexico provides both medical and surgical abortion services. For medical abortion (MA), a combination of two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol is used. Surgical procedures that are available are Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
Medical Abortion (Abortion by pill: Mifepristone, Misoprostol, Cytotec). Commonly used for pregnancies up to 9 weeks.
Abortions in Mexico can be performed by registered health professionals like:
There are options for all budgets. For some of these places, women will need to travel to Mexico City or Oaxaca.
In Mexico, the price of abortion services varies depending on the type of abortion and abortion care facility. Government (public) facilities listed at Secretaría de Salud de la CDMX provide free abortions.
In private clinics:
Medical abortion from 4 weeks to 9 weeks of pregnancy costs on average between $500 MXN - $3,500 MXN.
Manual Vacuum Aspiration from 8 weeks to 12 weeks on average between $2,500 MXN - $7,000 MXN.
Surgical abortion from 8 weeks and beyond 12 weeks on average between $2,800 MXN - $9,500 MXN.
Most of the procedures include a contraceptive method for free.
Medical aid (insurance) has criteria for covering abortion. Please check what yours covers.
Depending on the location, these are the legal and safe medical abortion pills recommended for a safe abortion. Just remember you need to follow guidelines and/or pay a visit to a health provider in order to not harm yourself.
Yes, Misoprostol can be sold without a medical prescription, but for you to buy Mifepristone you will be required to have a medical prescription.
Yes, some clinics will offer you the option to deliver the pills to your address.
There are various brand names for abortion pills that are available in Mexico. Misoprostol is a commonly available brand at pharmacies and this is what it looks like:
This is what another brand of Misoprostol only, Cytotec looks like:
This is what Mefaprix, which is a brand name for Mifepristone looks like:
You can contact the following health facilities and organizations through phone or directly on their websites.