Which abortion treatment?
At bpas consultation is the first stage of the process. It’s when you will have all the time you need to discuss your options. If you then decided to have an abortion you will talk to a bpas healthcare professional about the different abortion methods available to you. They will answer all your questions and help you to choose the best type of treatment for you.
The type of abortion procedure you may have depends on how many weeks pregnant you are, whether you would like to be awake or asleep and your personal choice. If you have any medical conditions they may affect which treatment types we can offer you.
Click here to use the bpas pregnancy calculator. The pregnancy calculator will help you to find out how many weeks pregnant you are and guide you through the different types of treatment you could expect to receive if you decide to have an abortion.
Is abortion legal?
Abortion is legal in England, Scotland and Wales if you are less than 24 weeks pregnant and as long as two doctors agree under the terms of the 1967 Abortion Act. The law allows doctors to end unwanted pregnancies when they believe that continuing with the pregnancy would be harmful to the physical or mental health of the woman or her existing children, or when they believe that the abortion would be less risky than continuing the pregnancy. Two doctors must certify that the legal grounds are met, although they do not necessarily have to see the woman personally. Gaining the signatures of two doctors to an abortion is part of the consultation process at bpas.
In cases where there is a substantial risk to the woman’s life, or in cases of foetal abnormality, there is no legal time limit for abortion. Abortions after 24 weeks take place at NHS hospitals. The charity Antenatal Results and Choices provides information and support about fetal abnormality. Click here to visit the Antenatal Results and Choices website.
Abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland, where the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply. If you are living in Ireland and would like more information please click here to visit bpas’ Irish website.
Are abortions free?
In many areas abortions are available for free on the NHS and carried out at an NHS hospital or bpas treatment centre. Your GP or local family planning service will be able to find out if funding is available for you. Or you can ring bpas on 08457 30 40 30 and we can tell you if funding is available. Over 93% of the women we see don’t have to pay for their treatment as it’s funded by the NHS.
What do I do now?
What Happens on the Day?
Many women can be anxious about visiting bpas. If you want to know more about what will happen at your consultation and what each different treatment involves click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to read the answers to frequently asked questions concerning abortion.