Abortion in East Timor

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Abortion in East Timor is only legal if the abortion will save the woman's life, an exception made by Parliament in 2009.[1] Women's groups and NGOs have been advocating for abortion laws to include instances of rape, incest, and child endangerment.[2]

In East Timor, any abortion approved to preserve the woman's health requires consent from three physicians.[1] All other abortions are criminal offenses, and the person who performs the abortion as well as the pregnant woman face up to three years of imprisonment.[3]


Abortion law in East Timor is based on the abortion law of Indonesia which ruled East Timor between 1976 and 1999 and which has been updated since independence in 2002.


  1. ^ a b Everingham, Sara (13 November 2009). "New abortion laws cause debate in East Timor". Lateline. ABC. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  2. ^ "TIMOR-LESTE: Abortion laws in spotlight". IRIN News. IRIN. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Abortion law East Timor". Women on Waves. Retrieved 28 November 2014.