Termination of Pregnancy and Abortion in Mexico

Information on who to contact and how to proceed in the event of an unwanted pregnancy. Also information on family planning clinics and emergency contraception in Mexico...

Abortion laws are regulated on a state level in Mexico. In most states, abortion is permitted to service the life of the mother or in cases of rape and incest.

In other states abortion may be permitted to preserve physical health, in the case of severe congenital defects, or for economic or social reasons. In states where abortion is permitted it must be carried out within the first 12 weeks (90 days) of pregnancy.

Illegal abortions can result in between six months and five years of imprisonment, for the woman and the doctor carrying out the illegal abortion.

Abortion in Mexico City

Since 2007, an abortion is available on request in Mexico City during the first trimester. The abortion is free of charge for residents; there is a fee for non-residents. Both medical abortions (up to nine weeks of pregnancy) and surgical abortions (up to 12 weeks) are available.

Contraception and Family Planning

Birth control pills and other forms of contraception are readily available over the counter in pharmacies in Mexico and are generally inexpensive. Emergency contraception may be available through public health services.

Mexfam (Fundación Mexicana para la Planeación Familiar) is Mexico's family planning association.