Abortion in Paraguay

Currently abortion in Paraguay is illegal except in case of threat to the life of women. 1 Anyone who performs an abortion can be sentenced to imprisonment for 15 to 30 months. If the abortion is performed without the consent of the woman, the sentence increases from 2 to 5 years. If the woman’s death occurs as the result of the abortion, the person who performed the procedure can be sentenced to four to six years in prison, and five to 10 years in cases where the woman did not consent. 1

In Paraguay , 23 out of every 100 deaths of young women are the result of illegal abortions. 2 This mortality rate is one of the highest in the region. 2


  1. ↑ Jump to:a b www.un.org/esa/population/publications/abortion/doc/paraguay.doc
  2. ↑ Jump to:a b «Science Blog – Abortion-Related Deaths In Paraguay Among Issues Examined By Committee On Elimination Of Discrimination Against Women» . Consulted in 2009 .