Abortion law Congo


Abortion Law

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

The general prohibition of abortion contained in the 1867 Penal Code of Belgium was incorporated into the Penal Code of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 19th century.  In 1933, a decree established the prohibition of the sale, display, distribution, manufacture, importation and advertisement of contraceptives and abortifacients.  These laws have never been abrogated.  Therefore, under articles 165 and 166 of the Penal Code, in its most recent version of 31 May 1982, a person who performs an abortion is subject to 5 to 15 years’ imprisonment.  A woman who voluntarily has an abortion is subject to 5 to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Misoprostol Availability

Misoprostol is available under the brand name Cytotec, but it is expensive.


Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ?

1100 (2005)

Penal code

Rules of Medical Ethics