Abortion clinic in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, women’s clinic offers safe abortions for unwanted pregnancies up to 24 weeks. In Sierra Leone, women’s clinic provides a range of services and treatments to pregnant women, including safe, legal abortion pills. Visit our abortion clinic today. Johannesburg Women’s Clinic is committed to helping women access medical (the abortion pill)
Abortion Laws in Sierra Leone
Abortion in Sierra Leone was made illegal by the Offences against the Persons Act of 1861. According to Sections 58 and 59 of this act, which was adopted from the English law and domesticated through another law that made all statutes of general application in England before January 1, 1880, applicable in Sierra Leone, ”. There are heavy penalties for anyone who procures or abets another in the termination of a pregnancy. In light of limited exceptions to this strict law, there have been ongoing but challenging efforts in Sierra Leone, towards the review of the current abortion laws.
Abortion in Sierra Leone is legal only in cases where a woman or girl’s life is at risk. However, in practice, safe abortion services are rarely provided in nearly all circumstances. The prevailing multiple restrictions on abortion mean that many of those women and girls who might qualify for a legal abortion are unable to access a healthcare provider who is willing to provide one.
A few NGOs and hospitals with trained personnel perform post-abortion care after a woman has had a miscarriage or an unsafe abortion.
What are the different abortion services available in Sierra Leone?
Sierra Leone provides restricted medical (MA) as well as surgical abortion services.
How to use Cytotec
This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read it carefully. If you have any questions about this drug, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
If you are taking this drug to prevent stomach ulcers, take it by mouth usually four times a day, after meals and at bedtime to minimize diarrhea, or as directed by your doctor.
If you are taking this medication for abortion, take it by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor.
Safe and legal abortions and post-abortion care services are provided at registered public and private health facilities and at certain NGO-supported clinics in accordance with the abortion law.
Pharmacists can also provide abortion pills with a written prescription from a doctor.
What is the cost of a legal safe abortion in Sierra Leone?
The average cost of a medical abortion is between Le 70,000 -Le 150,000.
Which abortion pills are available in Sierra Leone?
· Misoprostol alone which comes with the brand name Misofem
· Mifepristone and Misoprostol combination pack under brand names like MM Combi Kit and Mariprist
Where can I buy abortion pills in Sierra Leone?
Misoprostol (Cytotec) and/or the combination of Misoprostol and Mifepristone (Medabon) can be found in some pharmacies in Sierra Leone
The most common brand name for abortion pills in Sierra Leone is MISOFEM. This is what the MISOFEM abortion pill looks like:
This is what the Mariprist comb pack abortion pill looks like:
Why do women have abortions?
Given the health risks, the illegality, and the stigma, why do so many women have abortions? While unintended pregnancy is the primary reason women seek abortions, studies have probed the underlying reasons for the unwontedness of those pregnancies.
Safe birth with Misoprostol
Heavy bleeding after giving birth (Postpartum hemorrhage, PPH) is one of the main causes of women’s death after giving birth (25%). 14 million women experience bleeding after birth annually. In other words: 1 in 10 women will have PPH after giving birth and of 1 of every 100 women who have PPH will die as a result. Using Misoprostol immediately after giving birth reduces the risk of heavy bleeding by 60%. Here you can read how to prevent heavy bleeding when you give birth at home. Misoprostol can also be used to treat PPH.