Abortion Laws in Mali

Abortion is legal in Mali under certain circumstances. The abortion pills can be purchased from pharmacies with a prescription, and surgical abortions are also available.

Is abortion legal in Mali?

In Mali, therapeutic termination of pregnancy is allowed:

  • when the continuation of the pregnancy endangers the life and health of the woman;
  • when an illness of particular gravity is diagnosed in the fetus; and
  • when the pregnancy is the established consequence of a rape or an incestuous relationship, at the request of the pregnant woman.

However, post-abortion care services are legal, though implementation and access remains mired by challenges.

What are the different post-abortion care services available in Mali?

The two types of post-abortion care services available in Mali are classified as:

  • Medical methods: Using pills, such as Misoprostol (Cytotec, Misoclear); and
  • Surgical methods: Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA).

Who can provide post-abortion care services in Mali?

Legal abortion services can be performed either by a gynecologist, general practitioner, or midwife. Untrained providers can often cause more harm than good. In addition, religious, social, and provider stigma deters many women from seeking out these services.

Where can I go for post-abortion care services in Mali?

Post-abortion care services can be accessed at both government and private health facilities.

What abortion pills are available in Mali?

The two abortion pills that are available in Mali are:

  • Misoprostol, which is available under the brand names Misoclear, Cytotecal, and Miso-Fem; and
  • Mifepristone, which, in association with Misoprostol, is available under the brand name Mifepack.

Where can I buy abortion pills in Mali?

Misoprostol and Mifepack are available in pharmacies, but 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/

What do abortion pills look like in Mali?

Who can I contact for additional abortion information and support in Mali?

The following organizations may be able to provide safe abortion information and support in Mali:

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