Abortion in Burkina Faso

Abortion in Burkina Faso is only legal if the abortion will save the woman's life, the pregnancy gravely endangers the woman's physical or mental health, the child will potentially be born with an incurable disease, or in cases where the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, so long as it is proven by a state prosecutor.[1] Even these abortions are limited to the first ten weeks of pregnancy.[1]

In Burkina Faso, any abortion performed under other conditions subjects the person who performs the procedure subject to one to five years’ imprisonment and imposition of a fine of 300,000 to 1,500,000 CFA francs.[2]

Impact of restricted abortion laws

In the early 1990s, at least 5% of women admitted into healthcare facilities for maternal health concerns had life-threatening complications from unsafe abortions, and 70% of these women were between 16 and 24 years of age.[1] During the same time period, 35% of women who sought medical treatment for infertility had previously been recipients of an illegal abortion.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Abortion Policies: Afghanistan to France. United Nations Publications. 2001. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. "Burkina Faso". United Nations Abortion Policies. Retrieved 22 April 2016.

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