July 4, 2023

Safe Abortion Interruption: Discover the 4 conditions authorized by Burkinabe

Every September 28th, the world commemorates the International Safe Abortion Day, according to the legislation of each country. It is a day that allows women to remind themselves of their right to bodily autonomy and the right to safe abortion as defined by the law. In Burkina Faso, while Article 513-10 of the Penal Code punishes anyone guilty of abortion with a prison sentence of at least 1 to 5 years and a fine ranging from 1 to 3 million XOF, exceptions are granted by law to allow for Safe Abortion Interruption (ISG) under four conditions. These conditions are:

  1. When the fetus has a severe malformation incompatible with extra-uterine life.
  2. When the continuation of the pregnancy worsens the mother’s health.
  3. In cases of rape.
  4. In cases of incest.

The five components of Post-Abortion Care (PAC) are:

  1. Emergency treatment, often using Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA).
  2. Counseling, both before, during, and after Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA).
  3. Family Planning.
  4. Connection with Reproductive Health Services (SR).
  5. Community involvement.

Gynecologist and obstetrician at CHU Sourou Sanou, Dr. Der Adolphe Somé, provides clarification on these matters.

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