Abortion law East Timor

 

Abortion Law

Abortion is only permitted to save the life of the woman.

Misoprostol Availability

Misoprostol is not available. 

Please go to www.womenonweb.org to obtain abortion pills.

New Timorese Penal Code 2009

Article 141 - Interruption of Pregnancy

1- Any person who performs abortion through whatever means and without the consent of the pregnant woman shall be sentenced to 2 to 8 years imprisonment.

2- Any person who performs abortion through whatever means and with the consent of the pregnant woman shall be sentenced to up to 3 years imprisonment.

3- Any pregnant woman who consents to an abortion procedure by any other individual or induces abortion as a result of her own deeds or those of a third party shall be sentenced to up to 3 years imprisonment.

4- The provisions on the previous items are not applicable in cases when the interruption of pregnancy is the only means to counter the risk of death or irreversible lesion to the body and physical or psychological health of the mother or the fetus, as long as the procedure is authorized and monitored by a medical team and performed by a doctor or health professional in a public health institution with the consent of the pregnant woman and/or her life partner.

5- The provisions of item 4 of this article will be the object of a separate regulation. 

Source

Belton, S., Whittaker, A., Fonseca, Z., Wells-Brown, T., & Pais, P. (2009). Attitudes towards the legal context of unsafe abortion in Timor-Leste.Reproductive health matters17(34), 55-64.

Additional Resources:

WHO Maternal Mortality Statistics, link.

UNICEF Maternal Health Statistics, link.