NATIONAL LAWS & POLICIES (protecting human life or authorizing abortion)

196 Nations Grouped by Life Protecting or Abortion Policies (1 page summary list in 6 groups):  click here   [A4 format: click here]


70 Nations Prohibit Abortion: 1803-1918 (1st international pro-life movement; not 1 nation authorized abortion

     (letter format; A4 format)

First Laws Prohibiting Abortion (letter; A4)

1803-1919 World Policy Map (letter; A4)  


First Policies Authorizing Abortion (letter; A4

142 Nations Authorize Abortion: 1920-2016 (letter format; A4 format

     [136 current nations authorize abortion partially or fully.]   


86 Nations Prohibit Abortion: 1920-2015 (letter format; A4 format)

2016 World Policy Map: 196 Nations (based on enacted laws) (letter; A4

Abortions Reported Worldwide, 1921-2015 graph, & Top 20 Abortion Nations (letter; A4

Click on the name of the continent/region/group for list of countries and their laws protecting human life or permitting abortion.  

Current Laws

Note:  The laws (full or partial) for 183 nations and 20 territories are contained on this website, listed by continent, region or group above.  If a constitutional provision is included, it is listed first.  Then, if multiple policies provisions are included, the most recent ones are usually listed first.  The English version/translation is given first; many have a national language version that follows in the same file.   (Translations are imperfect.)  Territories follow the parent country in the same file.  Click on the region/group name for the list of countries.  

“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands ... He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God" (Acts 17:24-27). 


“Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, one which devises mischief by decree? They band themselves together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death” (Psalm 94:20-21).