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Abortion Laws and Policies
Abortion is permitted on request up to 24 weeks. It is also permitted if the pregnancy endangers the woman or person’s physical or mental health or their life. For these cases no limitation regarding the lengths of pregnancy is mentioned in the legal text.
To be eligible to receive an abortion in Singapore, women must be:
1. Citizens of Singapore, or a wife of a citizen of Singapore
2. A holder, or the wife of a holder, of a work pass issued under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
3. A resident in Singapore for a period of at least 4 months immediately preceding the date on which such treatment is to be carried out
4.Persons in exceptional circumstances, where an abortion is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman.
There is a mandatory waiting period of two days (at least 48 hours) from the end of first counseling session, unless termination is immediately necessary to save the life or prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman in place before the abortion can be done. Unmarried girls who are below 16 years old need to obtain an attandance certificate from pre-counselling authorities to access abortion.
Penal law criminalizes women and pregnant people for having an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law. Abortion providers and any people assisting may be criminalized for an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law.
Medical practitioners and providers have the right to refuse abortion services based on personal beliefs. So-called conscientious objection cannot be practiced if the life of the woman or pregnant person is at risk.
Claim your rights
Access to abortion is a fundamental human right and a basic healthcare need. If you live in a country with restrictions to abortion access, you can visit Women on Web to request abortion pills or learn more about the local support and resources available in your country.
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.
You already have abortion pills? Find instructions, information around dosage, safety precautions and tips here.
There is currently no data available on whether or not Mifepristone is registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
Misoprostol is not registered
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.
Local Organizations and Resources
No local organizations.
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Other Databases and Sources
These are the sources and databases used to gather the information listed on this country profile.
- 17.12.2022/WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/singapore/
- 20.09.2022/howtouseabortionpill: https://www.howtouseabortionpill.org/abortion-laws-by-country/singapore/
- 20.09.2022/National Medicine Authority: https://www.hsa.gov.sg/
- National Medicine Databank: -
- 17.12.2022/Reproductive Rights Map: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/?country=SGP
- 17.12.2022/ Map of Norms regarding Conscientious Objection: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
Singapore clinics and associations
For a medical abortion, please complete the online consultation at Women on Web
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