Abortion legislation

Legislation timeline

  • 1977: abortion is allowed
  • 2005: Family Act, Article 5 (24 February)
  • 2013: medical abortion available

Source: Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRH Serbia) (www.srh.rs)

Abortion conditions

Ground Gestational limit
To save a woman’s life No limit
Because of foetal impairment No limit
To preserve a woman’s mental health
To preserve a woman’s physical health needs approval by a committee
For economic and social reasons
On request 10 weeks from LMP

Source: IPPF European Network - http://www.ippfen.org/

Legal conditions

  • Written consent by the woman
  • Pre-abortion consultation (legal counselling)
  • Contraception to be evoked during at least 1 of the consultations

Specific conditions for minors

  • Parent’s (or guardian’s) consent required for minors under 16


  • IPPF European Network – http://www.ippfen.org/

Practical conditions

Medical abortion conditions

Place Prescription 1st drug taken 2nd drug taken
OB/GYN department of a hospital/clinic
Another physician office
Midwife office
Abortion centre/clinic
At home


Medical abortion can be performed in hospitals and in outpatient gynecolocial centers, provided by a gynecologist. The problem is that misoprostol and mifepriston are often not available on the market, so the procedure is not often performed

Mandatory pre-abortion examinations

  • Blood group and rhesus factor (legally required)
  • Ultrasound (legally required)

Involved healthcare professionals

  • Surgical abortion: obstetrician/gynaecologist (OB/GYN)
  • Medical abortion: OB/GYN


  • Data provided by our local expert

Abortion statistics

Abortion rates per 1,000 women aged 15-49

Unfortunately we have no data for this country.


Overall number of induced abortions

Source: https://www.batut.org.rs/index.php?content=279

Abortion ratio per 1.000 live births: ()


Abortions performed “on request”: % ()


Overall number of induced abortions vs. medical abortions

Source: https://www.batut.org.rs/index.php?content=279

Induced abortions per gestational age (2021)

Source: https://www.batut.org.rs/index.php?content=279

Place of abortion ()

Unfortunately we have no data for this country.


Characteristics of women having induced abortion

Distribution of induced abortion according to women age (2021)

Source: https://www.batut.org.rs/index.php?content=279

calculated on medical abortions (which made up 78% of induced abortions in 2021)

In 2021, among women who had induced abortion*:

  • 35.8% had at least 1 previous induced abortion
  • 66.4% had at least 1 child.

* calculated on medical abortions (which make up 78% of induced abortions in 2021)


  • https://www.batut.org.rs/index.php?content=279

Fertility and contraception

Fertility rates in women aged 15-49

Source: https://data.stat.gov.rs/Home/Result/180706?languageCode=en-US

Women age at first birth

  • 28 years of age (2014)



  • https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2256.html

Country-specific characteristics

  • Women have to give written consent.
  • Abortion is free of charge in state health institutions only for medical reasons concerning the woman or the fœtus . If it is on demand and up till 10th week of gestational age it costs approximately €100-150.
  • Healthcare professionals (HCPs) have the right to conscientiously object.


  • IPPF European Network – Updated January 2012 (http://www.ippfen.org/)
  • Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (SRH Serbia) (www.srh.rs)


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Abbreviations: EFTA = European Free Trade Association | EU = European Union | IUD = intra-uterine device | LARC = long-acting reversible contraception | LMP = last menstruation period | GYN = gynaecologist | HCP = health care professional | hCG = human chorionic gonadotropin | HIV = human immunodeficiency virus | OB = obstetrician | Rh = Rhesus | US = ultrasound

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Page last updated: 4 July 2023