On 20 October 2021 Benin’s Parliament passed a new legal amendment to the Sexual Health and Reproduction (SRH) 2003 Law. The new amendment (Article 17) to the SRH 2003 law expands the ground as to when women/girls can access a safe and legal abortion. Woman and girls under the new SHR amendment can now also access a safe and legal abortion if the pregnancy is likely to worsen or cause a situation of material, educational, professional or moral distress incompatible with their interests.
Before abortion was permitted only to save the life of the woman.
Misoprostol is available in pharmacies under the brand name Cytotec but it is difficult to get.