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Is abortion legal in Senegal?

The law in Senegal is one of the most restrictive in Africa and prohibits abortion in almost all circumstances. Abortions are also highly criminalized with many women finding themselves persecuted and incarcerated for inducing abortions, for suspicious miscarriages and for infanticide.

However, under the country’s Code of Medical Ethics, a woman is legally allowed to have an abortion if three Doctors certify that her life would be in danger should the pregnancy continue.

Note: It is almost impossible to obtain such certifications within a timely manner and thus legal abortions are almost non-existent.

Therefore, there is an almost total ban on abortions with only post-abortion care (PAC) services being legal.

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What are the different (PAC) services available in Senegal?

  • Medical Abortion (MA) – Abortion with pills
  • Surgical Abortion
    • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)
    • Dilation & Curettage (D&C)
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Who can provide PAC services in Senegal?

Only qualified providers such as Doctors, Nurses and Midwives are allowed to provide PAC services.

However, many women are afraid of seeking out PAC services for fear of being reported to the authorities. In addition, many health providers are unaware of the legality of PAC and often refuse services for fear of being prosecuted and also on the grounds of conscientious objection, especially when they suspect that an abortion was induced and not spontaneous.

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Where can I go for PAC services in Senegal?

  • PAC services are provided at registered public and private health facilities, though services are often limited in rural areas and challenges remain due to lack of trained providers, proper equipment and fear of persecution.
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What abortion pills are available in Senegal?

Misoprostol is available under the brand names Cytotec, Misocelar and Arthotec

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Can I buy abortion pills at a pharmacy in Senegal?

Misoprostol is stocked in some pharmacies, while other pharmacists are unwilling to stock the drug knowing that it is used to induce abortions.

In addition, those pharmacists that do stock Misoprostol will only sell it with 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: https:/

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Who can I contact for additional information and support in Ghana?

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