Abortion is legal in Burkina Faso 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 3,500 XOF and 7,000 XOF.
In Burkina Faso, the voluntary termination of pregnancy is legal if a doctor can attest, after examination, that maintaining the pregnancy endangers the health of the woman or that there is a strong probability that the fetus will have an incurable condition.
In the event of established rape or incest, the extent of the distress is established by the public prosecutor and the pregnant woman can ask a doctor to terminate her pregnancy, within the first 14 weeks.
The Penal Code also prohibits any incitement of abortion through public discussion, advertisement, or the sale of various substances and products.
Post-Abortion Care (PAC) services are legal, though implementation and access remains mired by challenges.
There are two types of post-abortion care services available in Burkina Faso:
Legal abortion services can be performed by a gynecologist, a general practitioner, or a midwife. Untrained providers can often cause more harm than good. Often, religious, social, and provider stigma deters many women from seeking out these services.
Post-abortion care services can be accessed at both government and private health facilities.
Abortion pills can be bought at pharmacies at a cost of between 3,500 XOF and 7,000 XOF. The cost depends on the brand, the location of the pharmacy, and the pharmacist. Surgical abortions cost around 25,000 XOF to 75,000 XOF. The price depends on the clinic you go to. See below for safe and less expensive options.
There are two abortion pills available in Burkina Faso:
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 Burkina Faso: