Abortion is legal in Ghana in accordance to the “1985 Ghanaian law which permits abortion in cases of rape; incest or the in the case of defilement of a mentally handicapped woman; if the life or health of the woman is in danger; or if there is risk of fetal abnormality.i “The abortion pills can be accessed at any registered government or private hospital, health centre, clinic or NGO based reproductive health centres such as Marie Stopes and Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana. Surgical abortions are also available in Ghana. The abortion pills generally costs between GHS50 and GHS150.”ii
Abortion is Legal in Ghana under the following circumstances:
Despite a progressive abortion law, access to safe abortion services is still limited due to stigma, provider bias, privacy concerns and high costs.iii
Ghana provides both medical and surgical abortion services. For medical abortion (MA), a combination of two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol is used. Surgical procedures that are available in Ghana are Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Dilation and Curettage (D&C).iv
Post abortion care is legal and available in Ghana as defined by the Standards and Protocols for the Prevention and Management of Unsafe Abortionv
In Ghana, an abortion can be performed by:
Safe and legal abortions can be performed in Ghana can be performed at registered public and private health facilities and at certain NGO supported clinics.
Please try to ensure your chosen provider is registered and trained to perform an abortion.
The costs of safe abortions differ by facility (private or public), provider and the method used (medical or surgical abortion). The price of medical abortion pills is around GHS50 -GHS150. The costs of medical abortion in a medical facility can range between GHS 260 and GHS 360 while a surgical abortion can be accessed at a cost between GHS 320 and 360 GHS. Generally a medical abortion costs significantly less than a surgical procedure.
There are two types of abortion pills available in Ghana
Misoprostol (Cytotec) and/or the combination of Misoprostol and Mifepristone are not legally permitted to sold in pharmacies in Ghana; however, many of them still do it. This means that there are a lot of unapproved medical abortion pills on the market, and the prices will vary between pharmacies.
Note:Many pharmacists do sell the pills without a prescription; however they do not often provide proper instructions on eligibility, dosage and usage for a medical abortion. Please refer to the following page on our website for comprehensive instructions on how to use the pill: https://howtouseabortionpill.org/howto/
The most common brand name for abortion pills in Ghana is MM Combi Kit.
This is what the MM Combi Kit abortion pill looks like:
This is what the Mifabon combipack abortion pill looks like:
This is what the Mariprist combipack abortion pill looks like:
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