A legal abortion in Botswana is only allowed in the following circumstances:
Women who procure an abortion for reasons not listed above can face up to three years in prison. In addition, legal abortion can only be performed within the first 16 weeks of pregnancy and need to receive approval from two physicians.
An abortion may only be performed by a trained medical practitioner and requires the approval of two doctors.
Legal abortion services are available at both public and private health institutions. However, the service is difficult to access as many medical practitioners refuse to perform abortions for fear of being penalized.
Abortion pills are not sold in pharmacists and those available on the black market can be dangerous.
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