Central African Republic
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Abortion Laws and Policies
Abortion on request is not authorized. It is permitted up until 2.5 months from date of criminal report in cases of rape or incest.
It is also permitted for economical or social reasons, in case of fetal impairment, if the pregnancy endangers the woman or person's life or their physical or mental health or if a minor finds herself in a state of grave distress. For these cases no limitation regarding the lengths of pregnancy is mentioned in the legal text.
A police report is required in cases of rape.
There is a mandatory waiting period of 48-72 /hours in place before the abortion can be done.
Penal law criminalizes women and pregnant people for doing an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law. Abortion providers may be criminalized for an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law.
Despite abortion being permitted, abortion pills are not registered and an abortion with pills might not be available.
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Access to abortion is a fundamental human right and a basic healthcare need. If you live in a country with restrictions to abortion access, you can visit Women on Web to request abortion pills or learn more about the local support and resources available in your country.
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.
You already have abortion pills? Find instructions, information around dosage, safety precautions and tips here.
Mifepristone is not officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
Misoprostol is not registered
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.
- 10.12.2022/ WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/central-african-republic/
- 10.12.2022/Reproductive Rights Map: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/?country=CAF
- 10.12.2022/Global Map of Norms regarding Conscientious Objection: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
Abortion law Central African Republic
Abortion is only permitted in cases of life threatening situations, rape