Identified policies and legal sources related to abortion:

  • Reproductive Health Act
  • General Medical Health Act
  • Constitution
  • Criminal / Penal Code
  • Civil Code
  • Ministerial Order / Decree
  • Case Law
  • Health Regulation / Clinical Guidelines
  • EML / Registered List
  • Medical Ethics Code
  • Document Relating to Funding
  • Abortion Specific Law
  • Law on Medical Practicioners
  • Law on Health Care Services
  • Other
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Concluding Observations:

List of ratified human rights treaties:

  • CERD
  • CCPR
  • Xst OP
  • 2nd OP
  • CESCR
  • CESCR-OP
  • CAT
  • CAT-OP
  • CEDAW
  • CEDAW-OP
  • CRC
  • CRC:OPSC
  • CRC:OPAC
  • CRC:OPIC
  • CMW
  • CRPD *
  • CRPD-OP
  • CED **
  • Maputo Protocol
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Persons who can be sanctioned:

  • A woman or girl can be sanctioned
  • Providers can be sanctioned
  • A person who assists can be sanctioned

Legal Ground and Gestational Limit

Country
On request
Economic or social reasons
Foetal impairment
Rape
Incest
Intellectual or cognitive disability of the woman
Mental health
Physical health
Health
Life
Other (where provided)

Zambia

Additional Requirements to Access Safe Abortion

Country
Authorization of health professional(s)
Authorization in specially licensed facilities only
Judicial authorization for minors
Judicial authorization in cases of rape
Police report required in case of rape
Parental consent required for minors
Spousal consent
Ultrasound images or listen to foetal heartbeat required
Compulsory counselling
Compulsory waiting period
Mandatory HIV screening test
Other mandatory STI screening tests
Prohibition of sex-selective abortion
Restrictions on information provided to the public
Restrictions on methods to detect sex of the foetus
Other (where provided)

Zambia

No data No data

Clinical and Service-delivery Aspects of Abortion Care

Country
National guidelines for induced abortion
Methods allowed
Country recognized approval (mifepristone / mife-misoprostol)
Country recognized approval (misoprostol)
Where can abortion services be provided
National guidelines for post-abortion care
Where can post abortion care services be provided
Contraception included in post-abortion care
Insurance to offset end user costs
Who can provide abortion services
Extra facility/provider requirements for delivery of abortion services

Zambia

Conscientious Objection

Country
Public sector providers
Private sector providers
Provider type not specified
Neither Type of Provider Permitted
Public facilities
Private facilities
Facility type not specified
Neither Type of Facility Permitted

Zambia

Concluding Observations By Country

Concluding Observations issued by respective treaty bodies and selected extracts related to abortion.

Country
CAT
CEDAW
CERD
CESCR
CRC
CRPD
HRC
IE HAIT
SR HEALTH
SR TORTURE
SR VAW
WG-DWLP

Zambia

Penalties for illegal abortions

Country specific information regarding abortion related penalties. Information regarding penalties has been presented in English only; this information is not based on an official translation. Please review the source documents provided.

Country
Distinction between legal and illegal abortions
Penalties for woman
Penalties for provider
Penalties for person who assists
Secondary additional considerations/judicial discretion
Penalties for non-consensual abortion and or negligence

Zambia

Indicators

Country specific information related to sexual and reproductive health indications. As data for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators related to sexual and reproductive health become available, these will be provided, through periodic updates.

  • Percentage of married women with unmet need for family planning 21.1 (2014)
  • Total fertility rate 5.7 (2013)
  • Gender inequalities index (value) 0.526 (2014)
  • Gender inequalities index (rank) 124 (2014)
  • Mandatory paid maternity leave yes (2015)
  • Median age 16.9 (2015)
  • Population - urban (%) 40.922 (2015)
  • Sex ratio at birth (male to female births) 1.03 (2015)
  • Percentage of births attended by trained health professional 64.2 (2014)
  • Maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births) 224 (2015)
  • Percentage of women aged 20-24 who gave birth before age 18 34 (2009-2013)
  • Adolescent birth rate (births per 1000 women aged 15-19) 90.4 (2015)
  • Percentage of secondary school completion rate for girls 0.582 (2013)
  • Gender parity in secondary education 0.5917599797 (1988)
  • Percentage of women in non-agricultural employment 22 (2000)
  • Legal age for women, with parental consent (2003-2012)
  • Legal age for women, without parental consent (2003-2012)
  • Proportion of seats in parliament held by women 12.7 (2014)