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Abortion Laws and Policies
Abortion on request is not authorized. It is permitted in case of fetal impairment, rape, incest, if the pregnancy endangers the woman or person’s physical or mental health or their life, if the woman is under the age of marriage (17 years old) or older than 40 years, if the pregnancy is the result of extramarital relations, to prevent grave irreparable injury to the woman or if the pregnancy was interrupted in the course of other medical treatment of the woman's body and the pregnancy was not previously known to the physician and its interruption was necessary for that medical treatment. No limitation regarding the lengths of pregnancy is mentioned in the legal text.
Abortion is available free of charge through public health care system as it is included in the Health Basket for all women up to the age of 33 or if the pregnancy that arises from relations that are forbidden by criminal law as the result of rape or incest, a situation in which the fetus is liable to have a physical or mental abnormality or a situation in which continuation of the pregnancy is liable to endanger the woman’s life or cause her physical or emotional damage.
Abortion providers 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.
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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 officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
There is currently no data available on whether or not a prescription is needed to get Mifepristone.
There is no data on regulations around the distribution of Mifepristone available.
Misoprostol is registered
It is registered for gynecological indications (such as birth, miscarriage treatment or abortion care 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.
Mifegyne 200 mg
Cytotec, 200 mcg (Pfizer Ltd)
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/israel/
- 01.09.2022/National Medicine Authority: https://www.gov.il/he/departments/ministry_of_health/govil-landing-page
- 01.09.2022/National Medicine Databank: https://israeldrugs.health.gov.il/#!/byDrug
- 17.12.2022/Reproductive Rights Map: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/?country=ISR
- 17.12.2022/ Map of Norms regarding Conscientious Objection: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
Abortion law Israel
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