Abortion in Ghana
Ghana has liberal abortion laws; nobody is prosecuted for having an abortion, and abortion providers are able to operate freely, as long as they adhere to the requirements of qualified health professionals and meet the minimum standards. There is however still a lot of stigma, mainly due to the country’s religious background. Both surgical and medical abortions are available at government-approved facilities.
Is abortion legal in Ghana?
Abortion in Ghana is legal under the following circumstances: rape, incest, fetal abnormality or disease, “defilement of a female idiot,” or to protect the physical and/or mental health of the woman .
What types of abortion are available in Ghana?
Both medical and in-clinic abortions are available in Ghana.
What is the abortion rate in Ghana? How many women have abortions?
The national abortion rate is 44 abortions per every 1,000 women .
Abortion with pills (Medical Abortion)
Are the abortion pills (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) available in Ghana?
Yes, both Mifepristone and Misoprostol are available in Ghana.
How late into a pregnancy can the abortion pills be used?
The abortion pills can be safely used up to 13 weeks gestation .
Do I need a prescription for Mifepristone or Misoprostol?
Yes, a prescription is needed for both Mifepristone and Misoprostol.
What brands of abortion pills are popular in Ghana?
The two most popular abortion pill brands are the MM Combikit and Mifabon .
How much do abortion pills cost in Ghana?
The cost ranges from 250 to 350 Ghana Cedis.
Who can I contact for more information on abortion in Ghana?
Korle Bu Family Planning Unit: +233 050 158 26 98
Marie Stopes Ghana: +233 0800 2 85 85
Marie Stopes Ghana WhatsApp: +233 556 489 090
What are the different types of in-clinic abortion procedures available in Ghana?
The following in-clinic procedures are available: Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Dilation and Curettage (D&C).
Is MVA safe?
MVA is a very safe method of abortion for pregnancies in the first trimester and/or early second trimester, all the way up to 14 weeks of gestation . The gestational age limit for MVA often depends on the clinic as well as the healthcare provider performing the procedure .
A legal MVA is performed by a trained provider in a clinic.
Where can I get a legal MVA abortion in Ghana?
Korle Bu Family Planning unit: +233 050 158 26 98
At most reproductive health/family planning units in hospitals and clinics across the country.
How much does MVA cost in Ghana?
The cost of an MVA depends on the individual facility but can range from 300 to 1,000 Ghana Cedis.
Are there any side effects with MVA?
The most common side effect associated with MVA is strong cramps experienced during the procedure. Often this cramping will improve quickly afterwards, but some women may experience cramping on and off for a few days or weeks. This side effect is best managed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. 
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