Honduras: Abortion Law

HONDURAS. Código Penal.




Article 126

The abortion is the death of a human being at any time during pregnancy or during birth. Who intentionally causes an abortion will be punished:

1) with three (3) to six (6) years of imprisonment if the woman was consensual;

2) six (6) to eight (8) years of imprisonment if the person acts without the consent of the mother and without using violence or intimidation; and,

3) with eight (8) to ten (10) years of imprisonment if the person uses violence, intimidation or deception.


Article 127

The penalties described in the preceding article shall be imposed and a fine of fifteen thousand (L. 15,000.00) to thirty thousand Lempiras (L. 30,000.00) to the doctor who, abusing his profession, causes or cooperates in the abortion.

The same penalties apply to medical practitioners, paramedics, nurses, midwives or midwives who commit or participate in the commission of abortion.


Article 128

The woman who produces its abortion or consents to another person to cause it, shall be punished by imprisonment from three (3) to six (6) years.


Article 132

Who  causes the abortion by violence but without the intention of causing damage, costing the state of pregnancy of the victim, shall be punished with imprisonment from four (4) to six (6) years.


From the UN country report: 

"Under the revised Penal Code, a person who intentionally causes an abortion is subject to three to six years’ imprisonment if the woman consented and six to eight years’ imprisonment if she did not.  If violence, intimidation, or deceit is used, the penalty is eight to 10 years’ imprisonment.  A woman who causes her own abortion or consents to another person’s causing it, is subject to three to six years’ imprisonment."

Information above has been retrieved from the official UN website. Full text can be found here.