Just like other Southeast Asian countries, abortion in Malaysia is restricted. However, since 1989, abortion may be performed through an exemption that was granted by a law and will only be allowed provided that the following circumstances are met:
In addition, a woman must obtain an authorization from a medical professional and must have consent to the abortion. Moreover, the abortion must take place within the legal period of 120 days.
Abortion services in Malaysia are performed by the use of surgical (vacuum aspiration) and medical abortion (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) methods. The method that will be used varies depending on the length of the pregnancy.
Qualified medical doctors may perform an abortion service in Malaysia.
Generally, both the private and public sector may provide abortion services. However, due to stigma, there is a difficulty in obtaining such services.
A pill of Misoprostol costs between 4-5 Malaysian ringgits per 200 mg. In order to induce the abortion, a woman will need about 12 pills, which will amount to 48-60 Malaysian ringgits or 12.32-15.39 US dollars. On the otherhand, vacuum aspiration costs around 800-4500 Malaysian ringgit or 205.26 to 1,154.59 US dollars.