Like other countries in the West African sub-region, Benin legally authorizes abortion under certain circumstances. The abortion pills can be purchased from pharmacies with a prescription, and surgical abortions are also available. The abortion pill generally costs between XOF 700 and XOF 4000.
Benin has adopted and ratified the Maputo Protocol, which, through Article 14 on the Rights of Women in Africa, authorizes abortion in specific circumstances listed as follows:
However, post-abortion care services are legal, though implementation and access remains mired by challenges.
The two types of post-abortion care services available in Benin are classified as:
Legal abortion services can be performed by a gynecologist, general practitioner, or midwife. The overall cost of care is between 7,100 XOF and 10,100 XOF, with contraceptive method coverage at ABPF clinics. The cost of abortion pills varies from 700 XOF to 4,000 XOF at pharmacies. Untrained providers can often do more harm than good. In addition, religious, social, and provider stigma discourages many women from using these services.
Post-abortion care services can be accessed at both government and private health facilities.
The two abortion pills that are available in Benin are:
Misoprostol is available at pharmacies; however, it cannot be sold without a prescription.
Some pharmacists might sell the abortion pills without a prescription. However, they do not often provide proper instructions on eligibility, dosage, and usage. Please refer to the following page on our website for comprehensive instructions on how to use the pill: https://howtouseabortionpill.org/howto/
The following organizations may be able to provide safe abortion information and support in Benin: