Abortion in Honduras

The abortion in Honduras is prohibited absolutely legally. 1 Parliament had approved articles that decriminalized abortion for therapeutic, eugenic and legal reasons, but in 1997, those articles were repealed by decree. 2

Abortion represents the second cause of hospital discharge in the country since 1982. 2 Each year, more than 9,000 women are admitted for clandestine abortions. 3

Penal Code

“Article 126. Abortion is the death of a human being at any time during pregnancy or during childbirth whoever intentionally causes an abortion will be punished:

1) With three (3) to six (6) years of imprisonment if the woman had consented;

2) With six (6) to eight (8) years of imprisonment if the agent works without the consent of the mother and without using violence or intimidation; Y,

3) With eight (8) to ten (10) years imprisonment if the agent employs violence, intimidation or deception.

Article 127. The penalties indicated in the previous Article and the fine of fifteen thousand (L. 15,000.00) to thirty thousand Lempiras (L. 30,000.00) shall be imposed on a physician who, abusing his profession, causes or cooperates in abortion.

The same sanctions will apply to medical practitioners, paramedics, nurses, midwives or midwives who commit or participate in the commission of abortion.

Article 128. Women produce its abortion or consents to another person would cause, shall be punished by imprisonment of three (3) to six (6) years. ” 4

Contraceptives of emergencia

The emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are also prohibited in Honduras. 5 In 2009, the National Congress of Honduras banned ECPs, and President Manuel Zelaya vetoed it, but then the Supreme Court of Honduras declared that ECPs are abortive and therefore banned. 6


  1. go back up↑ “The decriminalization of abortion in Chile takes its first step in Congress’ . ABC.es. August 5, 2015 . Retrieved August 14, 2015 .
  2. to bJump to: Marta Lamas (January 2007). «The dispute over abortion in Latin America» . Nexos . Retrieved August 14, 2015 .
  3. go back up↑ Paula Chouza and Verónica Calderón (23 of August of 2013). “An unprecedented consensus (in theory) on abortion in Latin America” . The Country . Retrieved August 14, 2015 .
  4. go back up↑ «CRIMINAL CODE OF HONDURAS DECREE NUMBER 144-83» . Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa. 26 September 1983 . Retrieved August 14, 2015 .
  5. go back up↑ «CSJ: Pill of the” Day After “is abortive . The Tribune. April 9, 2014 . Retrieved August 14, 2015 .
  6. go back up↑ Verenice Bengtsson (23 April 2012). “Honduras and SAPs. The main women affected by the unequal distribution of political power . Southern Affairs . Retrieved August 14, 2015 .