Abortion in Brunei

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Abortion in Brunei is legal only when it is done to save a woman's life. In Brunei, a woman who induces her abortion is subject to up to seven years in prison. The penalty for someone who performs an abortion was 10–15 years.[1][2]

In 2014, Brunei's government implemented Sharia criminal law to punish abortion with execution by stoning.[3][4] This part of the law was originally set to come into effect in 2016,[5] although now it is expected to come into effect in 2018.[citation needed]

In 2016, a 22-year-old woman was sentenced to six months in prison for obtaining an abortion using the abortion pill.[6] She had faced a maximum sentence of seven years.[7]


  1. ^ "Brunei Darussalam". Abortion Policies: A Global Review (DOC). Country Profiles. United Nations Population Division. 2002. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  2. ^ "BRUNEI. Penal Code. Causing of Miscarriage; Injuries to Unborn Children; Exposure of Infants; and Concealment of Birth". www.hsph.harvard.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  3. ^ Cohen, Sandy (6 May 2014). "Beverly Hills Hotel Boycotted Over Brunei's Sharia Penal Code". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Sultan of Brunei introduces death by stoning under new Sharia laws". The National. Agence France-Presse. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  5. ^ Ozanick, Bill. "The Implications of Brunei's Sharia Law". The Diplomat. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  6. ^ "Local Woman Receive 6 Months Jail Sentenced for Aborting Baby". www.brudirect.com. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  7. ^ "Youth in Abortion Case Set for Time in Jail, fine". www.brudirect.com. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-25.