Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Abortion Laws and Policies
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Abortion on request is not authorized. It is permitted for economic or social reasons and in in cases of rape, incest, fetal impairment or if the pregnancy endangers the woman or person's life or their integral, mental or physical health. The legal text says: "Safe abortion may be requested by women who need special medical treatment for heart disease, cancer, or other illnesses that may worsen the prognosis of the woman's disease, or other illnesses that can put the survival of the fetus at risk."
Gestational limit is determined by viability, defined as 28 weeks of amenorrhea.
Minors are required to obtain parental or adult consent for an abortion.
Penal law criminalizes women and pregnant people for doing an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law. Abortion providers and any people assisting may be criminalized for an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law..
Medical practitioners and providers have the right to refuse abortion services based on personal beliefs. However, they are obligated to refer individuals to another provider if they refuse service. So-called conscientious objection cannot be practiced if the life of the woman or pregnant person is at risk.
About Abortion Pills
An abortion with pills is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy at home. There are two ways to have an abortion with pills:
- Have an abortion with a pill called Mifepristone and another pill called Misoprostol;
- Have an abortion with the pill Misoprostol only.
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Mifepristone is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
There is currently no data available on whether or not a prescription is needed to get Mifepristone.
Mifepristone is distributed in healthcare facilities or hospitals.
Misoprostol is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
It is registered for gynecological indications (such as birth, miscarriage treatment or abortion care etc.)
There is currently no data available on whether or not a prescription is needed to get Misoprostol.
Misoprostol is distributed in healthcare facilities or hospitals.
These are brand names under which Mifepristone, Misoprostol or Combi Packs (that contain both abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol) are officially distributed and/or commonly found in the country.
Ace Miso; 200 mcg; Acme Formulations (Pvt) Ltd, India
Cytotec ; 200 mcg; Pfizer Ltd
Miso-200; 200 mcg; Naari Pharma Pvt Ltd
Mifepack; 1 Mifepristone 200 mg, 4 Misoprostol 200 mcg; Naari Pharma Pvt Ltd
Mifecare; registration status unknown
Safety notice: There are pills that contain a combination of Misoprostol and the painkiller Diclofenac. While manufactured for a different purpose they can still be used for abortion. Please find more info in our FAQ to avoid overdosing the Diclofenac.
Cost of Abortion Pills
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- Misoprostol costs between USD 5 – USD 75 depending on the method of provision.
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Other Databases and Sources
These are the sources and databases used to gather the information listed on this country profile.
- 11.12.2022/WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/democratic-republic-of-congo/
- 04.10.2022/Medical Abortion Commodities Database: https://medab.org/search?field_brand_name_target_id=All&field_country_of_sale_target_id=173
- 04.10.2022/safe2choose: https://safe2choose.org/abortion-information/countries/drc
- 04.10.2022/howtouseabortionpill: https://www.howtouseabortionpill.org/abortion-laws-by-country/democratic-republic-of-the-congo/
- 04.10.2022/National Medicine Authority: https://www.acorep-dpmrdc.org/
- National Medicine Databank: -
- 11.12.2022/Reproductive Rights: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/?country=COD
- 11.12.2022/Global Map of Norms regarding Conscientious Objection: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
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