Abortion in Togo

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Abortion is legal in Togo under certain circumstances. Abortion pills can be purchased from pharmacies on prescription.

Is abortion legal in Togo?

In Togo, the voluntary termination of pregnancy is authorized when the pregnancy is the consequence of rape or an incestuous relationship. It is also permitted when the continuation of the pregnancy endangers the life and health of the pregnant woman or when there is a high probability that the fetus will have a particularly serious condition.

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

What type of post-abortion care is available in Togo?

Medication and surgical methods are avaible for post-abortion care in Togo.

What is the abortion rate in Togo? How many women have abortions?

The rate of abortion is hard to determine because of its clandestine nature. In a 2002 survey on family planning and induced abortion in Lomé (EPAP), 33% of women aged 15-49 and 39% aged 15-24, who had been pregnant at least once, said they had already aborted [1].

Post-abortion care with pills

Are Mifepristone and Misoprostol available in Togo?

Yes, Misoprostol and Mifepristone are available in pharmacies and at some health centers or clinics.

How late into a pregnancy can the pills be used?

The pills can be used up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Do I need a prescription for Mifepristone or Misoprostol?

Mifepristone and Misoprostol cannot be sold without a prescription.

What brands of abortion pills are popular in Togo?

Misoprostol and
Mifepak.

How much do the abortion pills cost in Togo?

Abortion pills can be purchased from pharmacies for an amount between 3,500 and 7,000 XOF. The cost depends on the brand, the location of the pharmacy, and the pharmacist.

In-clinic post-abortion care

What are the different types of in-clinic post abortion care procedures available in Togo?

  • A medication abortion with the use of pills, such as Misoprostol (Cytotec, Misoclear); and
  • a surgical abortion, or Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA).

Where can I get Manual Vacum Aspiration (MVA) post-abortion care in Togo?

Post-abortion care services are available in public and private health facilities.

How much does Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) cost in Togo?

Surgical abortions also cost around 15,000 to 50,000 XOF. The price depends on the clinic you go to. See below for some safe, less expensive options.

Who can I contact for more information on post-abortion care in Togo [2]?

Post-abortion care services are accessible in public and private health facilities.

Togolese Association for Family Well-Being

https://www.atbeftogo.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Atbeftogo
Phone: +228 22 23 30 00

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

[1] “Induced Abortion in Lome, Togo.” Cairn International Edition, www.cairn-int.info/article-E_POPU_1202_0357–induced-abortion-in-lome-togo.htm

[2] “Abortion laws in Togo.” How to Use Abortion Pill, https://www.howtouseabortionpill.org/fr/abortion-laws-by-country/togo