Abortion Laws in Colombia

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Is abortion legal in Colombia?

Abortion in Colombia was decriminalized in 2006 by the Constitutional Court with the C-355 sentence in three circumstances with no gestational age limit:

  • When a woman’s life or health* is at risk** due to the pregnancy
  • When the pregnancy is the product of a violent act: rape, unconsented insemination or incest
  • When the fetus has a malformation incompatible with life

*Health is understood in a comprehensive manner, including mental and physical health as well as life project.
**Women are the ones who determine when a pregnancy represents risk

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What are the different abortion services available in Colombia?

  • Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA)
  • Medical abortion (MA) - Abortion by pill (Misoprostol, Mifepristone)
  • Dilation and curettage
  • Dilation and evacuation
  • Fetal Demise
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Who can perform abortions in Colombia?

MVA and MA: Providers in Colombia have to be medical doctors who are general practitioners with no requirement for OBG&N

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Where can I go for abortion services in Colombia?

Private organizations such as Oriéntame and others
Public clinics

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What is the cost of an abortion in Colombia?

Abortion is included in the healthcare plan and should be paid by the insurance company where women are affiliated. However, access barriers are still high. Many women resort to private services and the cost depends on the gestational age. In practical terms, a first trimester abortion through MVA costs between U$150 and U$ 250, on average.

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What are the legal and safe drugs available in Colombia?

Mifepristone and Misoprostol

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Can I buy abortion pills at a pharmacy in Colombia?

Misoprostol is available at pharmacies but it is supposed to require a prescription; however, pharmacies in Colombia sell all kinds of medication and sell them without prescription. It is not different with misoprostol.

Mifepristone is not available at pharmacies at all.

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Can I buy abortion pills online?

Yes, via international webpages and hotlines.

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Who can I contact for additional abortion information and support in Colombia?

  • Oriéntame
  • Oriéntame contact’s center: 01 8000182 182

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