Abortion in Trinidad and Tobago

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Abortion in Trinidad and Tobago is illegal except in case of threat to the life or health of the pregnant woman. The punishment for a woman who has an abortion is four years in prison and the punishment for a doctor or other person who performs the procedure is the same. Aiding in the process of finding someone to perform an abortion or other preliminary steps is also illegal and subject to a two-year prison sentence.[1]

In Trinidad and Tobago, there is a widely held perception that the majority of people oppose abortion rights yet this may not be the case according to a 2007 study. The study indicated that about half of the Trinidadian population were in favor of increased legal access to abortion.[2]


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