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Abortion Laws and Policies
Abortion is permitted on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is permitted up to 22 weeks of pregnancy for economic or social reasons. It is also permitted if the pregnancy endangers the woman or person’s health. For these cases no limitation regarding the lengths of pregnancy is mentioned in the legal text.
Doctors and abortion providers may be criminalized for providing 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, so called conscientious objection cannot be practiced if the life of the woman or pregnant person is at risk. Also, medical practitioners and providers who refuse an abortion must notify the director of the health organization in written form. The director of the health organization is obliged to refer individuals to another provider.
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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.
A doctor's prescription may be required to get Mifepristone.
Mifepristone can be bought in in hospitals; inpatient care?
Misoprostol is registered
There is no data available on whether Misoprostol is registered for gynecological indications (such as birth, miscarriage treatment or abortion care etc. ), or if it is registered for other purposes only (such as arthritis or gastric ulcers etc. )..
A doctor's prescription may be required to get Misoprostol.
Misoprostol can be bought in no data
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.
Ginpriston 10 mg (ГИНЕПРИСТОН)
Ginestril 50 mg (ГИНЕСТРИЛ)
Miropristan 200mg (МИРОПРИСТОН)
Mifepriston 200 mg (МИФЕПРИСТОН) (Hubei Gedian Humanwell Pharmaceuticall Co.)
Mirolut 200 mcg (Obninsk Chemical-Pharmaceutical Company CJSC)
Medabon (МЕДАБОН): 1 mifepristone 200 mg/ 4 misoprostol 200 mcg (Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd)
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. Specific instructions need to be followed to avoid overdosing the Diclofenac.
Local Organizations and Resources
No local organizations.
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Other Databases and Sources
These are the sources and databases used to gather the information listed on this country profile.
- 09.08.2022/WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/belarus/
- 20.08.2022/European Abortion Policies Atlas: https://europe.ippf.org/resource/european-abortion-policies-atlas
- 20.08.2022/National Medicine Authority: https://www.rceth.by/Refbank/reestr_lekarstvennih_sredstv
- 06.12.2022/ Gynuity list of Mifepristone Approvals: https://gynuity.org/resources/list-of-mifepristone-approvals
- 06.12.2022/REDAAS conscientious objection map: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
- 06.12.2022/Center for Reproductive Rights. The World’s Abortion Laws: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/
Belarusian law on abortion
Abortion is legal on women's request up to 12 weeks.
Abortion clinics and associations in Belarus
Abortion is legal. Abortion pills Mifepristone and misoprostol are registered…