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Abortion Laws and Policies
Abortion is permitted in case of fetal impairment or if the pregnancy endangers the woman or person's mental or physical health or their life. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act states that “The written statement of a pregnant woman stating that she reasonably believes that her pregnancy was caused by an act of rape or incest is sufficient to constitute the element of grave injury to mental health in subsection".
No limitation regarding the lengths of pregnancy is mentioned in the legal text.
Minors under the age of 16 are required to obtain adult consent for an abortion.
Abortion seekers are required to go through mandatory counseling.
Penal law criminalizes women and pregnant people for having an abortion outside of the conditions specified in the law. Abortion providers and people who assists may be criminalized for an abortion outside of the conditions specified in the law.
Medical practitioners and providers have the right to refuse abortion services based on personal beliefs.
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About Abortion Pills
An abortion with pills is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy at home. There are two ways to have an abortion with pills:
- Have an abortion with a pill called Mifepristone and another pill called Misoprostol;
- Have an abortion with the pill Misoprostol only.
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Mifepristone is not officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
Misoprostol is registered
There is no data available on whether Misoprostol is registered for gynecological indications (such as birth, miscarriage treatment or abortion care etc. ), or if it is registered for other purposes only (such as arthritis or gastric ulcers etc. )..
There is currently no data available on whether or not a prescription is needed to get Misoprostol.
There is no data on regulations around the distribution of Misoprostol available.
These are brand names under which Mifepristone, Misoprostol or Combi Packs (that contain both abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol) are officially distributed and/or commonly found in the country.
Brand? TAB 200MCG APO-MISOPROSTOL (COL)TAB 200MCG MISOPROSTOL (STO)
There are pills that contain a combination of Misoprostol and the painkiller Diclofenac. While manufactured for a different purpose they can still be used for abortion. Specific instructions need to be followed to avoid overdosing the Diclofenac.
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Cost of Abortion Pills
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Local Organizations and Resources
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Other Databases and Sources
These are the sources and databases used to gather the information listed on this country profile.
- 04.12.22WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/barbados/
- 07.11.22Medical Abortion Commodities Database:
- 07.11.22Gynuity Map
- 07.11.22/National Medicine Authority: https://www.gov.bb/Ministries/health
- 07.11.22National Medicine Databank: http://drugservice.gov.bb/index.php?id=drug-service
- National medicine authority; Misoprostol: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/documents/countries/04-Barbados-National-Drug-Formulary-2012.pdf#page=1
- 04.12.2022/Global Map of Norms regarding Conscientious Objection: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
- 04.12.2022/Reproductive Rights Map: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/?country=BRB
Abortion law Barbados
Abortion is permitted in cases of rape, incest or fetal impairment. Parental…
Barbados clinics and associations
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