Since 1921 when the Civil Code was enacted, a few situations in which abortion is not criminalized were included:
Under Argentine law, “health” does not only imply physical health, but mental and social health as well.
In 2012, the National Supreme Court issued a ruling (Fallo F.A.L) that requires the Argentine State and the Provincial States to guarantee access to safe abortion in these three situations.
In 2015, the National Health Ministry published a protocol that detailed how to attend to and guarantee access to safe abortion in all public and private health facilities.
A legal termination of pregnancy can be performed in any hospital or public health center, private or public. Nevertheless, not all institutions offer this practice.
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An abortion within the Argentinian public health system is free. However, not all jurisdictions guarantee the access to a pregnancy termination. In some center the medication is provided by municipal or provincial sexual health programs. Other centers do not administer the medications, but instead write prescriptions.
Within the private system, the price varies. Social works must also guarantee access to safe abortion. A box of misoprostol pills costs around 4000 pesos.
As of now, misoprostol is the only legally obtained medication in Argentina.
Getting misoprostol at a pharmacy in Argentina requires a medical prescription.
However, there are pharmacies that illegally provide medications without prescriptions, including misoprostol.
There are also many health centers in the country that provide misoprostol free of charge.