Abortion law Malawi

 

Abortion Law

Under the Malawi Penal Code of 1930 (Sections 149-151), the performance of abortions is generally illegal. A person who unlawfully uses any means with intent to procure an abortion is subject to 14 years’ imprisonment. A pregnant woman who unlawfully uses any means or permits the use of such means with intent to procure her own abortion is subject to seven years’ imprisonment. A person who unlawfully supplies or procures any thing whatever, knowing that it is intended to be unlawfully used to procure an abortion, is subject to three years’ imprisonment.

Nonetheless, abortions can be legally performed in Malawi to save the life of the pregnant woman.  Section 243 of the Penal Code provides that a person is not criminally responsible for performing in good faith and with reasonable care and skill a surgical operation upon an unborn child for the preservation of the mother’s life if the performance of the operation is reasonable (http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/abortion/profiles.htm). 


Misoprostol Availability

Misoprostol is available under the brand names Misoprost® and Isovent®.

Facts

Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ?

1100 (2005)

Births attended by skilled health personnel (%) rural ?

53.0 (2004)

Births attended by skilled health personnel (%) urban ?

83.8 (2004)

Births attended by skilled health personnel difference urban-rural ?

30.8 (2004)