Benin: Abortion Law

Abortion Law

On 20 October 2021 the new amendment (Article 17) to the SRH 2003 law expands the ground as to when women/girls can access a safe and legal abortion. Woman and girls under the new SHR amendment can now also access a safe and legal abortion if the pregnancy is likely to worsen or cause a situation of material, educational, professional or moral distress incompatible with their interests.  

Abortion was only permitted to preserve health. In cases of rape, incest or fetal impairment abortion is legal as well. 

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