Abortion in Honduras

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Abortion in Honduras is illegal in all circumstances, including rape and incest, when a pregnant woman’s life is in danger, and when the fetus can’t survive outside the womb.

The government also bans emergency contraception, often called the “morning after pill,” which is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure.

In April 2017, United Nations experts urged the Honduran Congress to adopt progressive law reform in order to protect the rights of women and girls. U.N. experts noted the calls from several human rights groups, to lift the abortion ban and allow access to safe abortion services in limited circumstances.

Last month, Parliament in Honduras has initially approved a bill that will make it virtually impossible to legalise abortion in the country. The new measure will require at least three-quarters of Congress to vote in favour of modifying the abortion law, which is among the strictest in world.

Is Abortion Legal in Honduras?


What Types of Abortion are Available in Honduras?

Medical: Oxytocin – Misoprostol (sole agent).
Surgical: Manual vacuum aspiration abortion (MVA) and Dilation & Curetage (D&C).

What is the abortion rate in Honduras? How Many Women Have Abortions?

No one knows exactly how many women and girls have clandestine abortions in Honduras, but one Honduran nongovernmental organization (NGO) estimated somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 abortions occur each year.

Abortion with Pills (Medical Abortion) in Honduras

Are the Abortion Pills (Mifepristone and Misoprostol) Available in Honduras?

Mifepristone: NOT available.
Misoprostol: Access highly restricted, for hospital use only.

How Late Into a Pregnancy Can the Abortion Pills Be Used?

Technically, medical regimens can be used at any gestational age, provided the recommended regimen is used for any specific indication/gestational age.

Do I Need a Prescription for Mifepristone? Misoprostol?

Mifepristone: NOT available.
Misoprostol: Yes.

What Brands of Abortion Pill Are Popular in Honduras?

Generic Misoprostol, 200 µg

How Much Do the Abortion Pills Cost in Honduras?

Misporostol: $ 1.05 USD per pill.

Who Can I Contact for More Information on Abortion in Honduras?

CDM – Centro de Drecho de Mujeres, https://derechosdelamujer.org/
Enredadas, Seguras y Decididas

In-Clinic Abortion in Honduras

What are the Different Types of in-Clinic Abortion Procedures Available in Honduras?

Manual vacuum aspiration abortions (MVA) and Dilation & Curetage abortions (D&C) for the first trimester.

Where Can I get a Manual Vacum Aspiration (MVA) Abortion in Honduras?

Public hospitals for indications permitted by law only.

Clandestine procedures in private sector clinics have been reported.

How Much Does Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Cost in Honduras?

Information not available.

How to get further information?

For additional information and support, you can get in touch with our trained multilingual female counselors.



by the safe2choose team and supporting experts at carafem, based on the 2019 recommendations by Ipas, and the 2012 recommendations by the WHO.

[1] Honduras Reinforces Total Abortion Ban | Center for Reproductive Rights

[2] Honduran abortion law: Congress moves to set total ban ‘in stone’ – BBC News

[3] Honduras – Cómo hacerse un aborto seguro (comohacerseunaborto.com)

[4] Life or Death Choices for Women Living Under Honduras’ Abortion Ban | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

[5] Disponibilidad y uso obstétrico del misoprostol en los países de América Latina y el Caribe. Luis Távara-Orozco, Susana Chávez, Daniel Grossman, Diana Lara, Martha María Blandón. Revista Peruana de Ginecología y Obstetricia. 2008, 54(4)