Abortion law Guinea-Bissau


Background (From the UN country report)

      After independence, Guinea-Bissau, which was a colonial possession of Portugal, retained Portuguese criminal law. Under this law, there is no stated exception to a general prohibition on the performance of abortions, although, under general principles of criminal law, one could be performed to save the life of the pregnant woman.  However, the law does not appear to be enforced and abortion practice is quite liberal.  An abortion is allowed during the first three months of pregnancy and is available upon request.  The consent of the woman’s father, tutor or legal representative, or of her husband or companion, is required for the abortion to be performed.  In special circumstances, however, it is possible for the pregnant woman to receive an abortion without the necessary consent.  The expenses of legal abortion are covered by the Government.  The intervention must be performed in a hospital.

Source: http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/abortion/doc/guineabiss.doc