Liberia’s New Health Law Among Most Liberal in Africa for Abortion

--- But faces hurdle in Senate

Sep 1, 2023

When Teta graduated from high school in 2015, she had big plans: attend college and become a medical doctor. But when the then-17-year-old discovered she was pregnant, that bright future was cast into doubt.

The father of the unborn child, her boyfriend of four years, denied the baby was his. Afraid of the shame and disgrace that would come with being an unwed teenage mother, Teta sought an abortion.

“I was scared and confused,” said Teta. “I had no plans of becoming a mother at age seventeen, my family and everybody looked up to me.”


Liberia: Should Liberia Legalize Abortion?

Published at: 08/25/2023

Two prominent health experts have called upon the Senate to align with the House in legalizing abortion, but it should do so within the first trimester of pregnancy, setting the cut-off point at 12 weeks gestation.

The experts --- Tolbert Nyenswah and Mardia Stone -- argued that the legal change would reduce the chances of complications that might arise from unsafe, backdoor procedures. They, however, noted the changes should be at 12 weeks and not the 18 weeks proposed by the House --- as the former significantly reduces the risks associated with abortion compared to the former.


Liberia: Senate Pro-Tempore Chie Clarifies Abortion Bill

23 AUGUST 2023
The New Dawn (Monrovia)
By Ethel A. Tweh And Jonathan Browne

Senate Pro-tempore Albert Chie has clarified here that there is no stand-alone bill on abortion before the Liberian Senate contrary to public perceptions.

Delivering his opening statement Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at the return of the 54th Legislature to a special session, Senator Chie pointed out that rather, there is only a new chapter in the new Public Health Bill on sexual and reproductive health.


Liberia: Swedish Embassy Denies Bribing Liberian Senators to Legalize Abortion


The Swedish Embassy is denying that it bribed Liberian senators to pass an amendment to the country’s public health law that would legalize abortion, which remains prohibited except in extreme cases.

The Swedish denial comes as it remains one of the leading donors to Amplifying Rights Network, a pro-abortion group, that is spearheading the campaign for the legalization of abortion in Liberia.

The group, whose push led to the issue of abortion being included in the revised public health law, which Senators are about to vote on as they return from their two-week break, argued that the country’s restrictive abortion laws limit women’s rights and access to safe reproductive healthcare.


Liberia: “Decriminalize Abortion to Reduce Death among Women,” Activists Say

“Many girls and women have died on a daily basis because they cannot access safe and legal abortion,” says  Naomi Tulay-Solanke, the chairperson of the group, Amplifying Rights Network.


Abortion rights activists are calling on the government to decriminalize abortion to ensure that Liberian women have control over their own bodies and reproductive health.

The call by Amplifying Rights Network, a coalition of ten civil society organizations in the field of sexual reproductive health and rights, comes as they claim growing public support for abortion legalization in Liberia.


Liberia: New Report Shows 38,779 Induced Abortion Occurred in Liberia in 2021

17 APRIL 2023

Monrovia — The Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), along with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and Guttmacher, has launched the findings of abortion incidence and severity of complications in Liberia.

The Liberia National Abortion Study, which focuses on measuring abortion, the magnitude of complications, cost, and quality of post-abortion care, released the report in Monrovia on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor, after two years of methodology abortion incidence and severity of related-complication study.


Liberia records 38,779 abortion cases yearly

April 13, 2023
by Lincoln G. Peters

Amid increased teenage and unwanted pregnancies across the country, Liberia is recording 38,779 induced abortion cases per year.

The Liberia National Abortion Study, which focuses on measuring abortion, magnitude of complication, cost and quality of post-abortion care released the report in Monrovia on Thursday, April 13, 2023, after two years of methodology abortion incidence and severity of related-complication study.


Liberia: Senate Debates Abortion Rights Legalization


A Joint Committee of the Senate has begun debating a bill that would maintain the country’s law that restricts abortion or make it legal in most cases.

Currently, many women who have an abortion in Liberia, as well as people who assist them with the procedure, can face prosecution.  Exemptions are only considered in cases of rape or if the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s health.