HAITI – A new penal code was published on 24 June 2020; it may make some abortions legal

In Haiti, abortion could be legalised, according to Marie Giselhaine Mompremier, Minister for the Status of Women, who defends the new penal code, published 24 June 2020, because it allows voluntary termination of pregnancy under certain conditions. The right of Haitian women to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy is implicitly recognised by the new penal code, she says, but it still carries criminal penalties outside certain conditions. “There is no offence if the pregnancy is the product of rape or incest, or when the physical or mental health of the woman is at stake” underlining that “all abortions must be performed with the consent of the woman, in a medical facility and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, under penalty of 5 to 7 years in prison and heavy fines”.

POST-ABORTION CARE – Health Systems’ Capacity to Provide Post-Abortion Care: A Multi-Country Analysis Using Signal Functions

There are critical gaps in the provision of post-abortion care at all facilities that offer delivery services. In seven (70%) of ten countries, less than 10% of primary-level facilities could provide basic post-abortion care, and in eight (80%) of ten countries less than 40% of referral-level facilities could provide comprehensive post-abortion care. In no country could all referral facilities provide all the essential services that need to be included in basic post-abortion care.

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