Abortion advice and information
What is an abortion?
An abortion is where a pregnancy is ended. An abortion can be carried out surgically or medically.
Why do women have abortions?
There are a number of reasons why women may not wish to continue with a pregnancy and may seek abortion services. At Marie Stopes Reproductive Choices we believe that all women should have the right to choose for themselves. If a woman feels that an abortion is in her or her family's best interests, then she should have access to safe, supportive and non-judgmental advice and help.
How many women have abortions?
In 2008 there were 1,173 women from Northern Ireland and 4,660 from Southern Ireland who went to England for an abortion. In total 202,158 abortions were carried out in England and Wales in 2008.
Where can I have an abortion?
In the UK abortions are carried out in NHS hospitals and private clinics. Irish women who go to England have to pay for an abortion and go to private clinics.
Where can I go for abortion help and advice?
If you are considering abortion or are unsure what to do, you should talk to a health professional. Your doctor or family planning clinic will be able to provide confidential advice. Alternatively, you can contact Marie Stopes Reproductive Choices.
Where can I find out more about abortion?
There is lots of information about abortion available but unfortunately not all information is accurate or impartial. You can get more information from Marie Stopes Reproductive Choices who are completely pro-choice and will support you whatever your decision. Your GP or local family planning clinic, should also be able to offer you information about abortion.
How soon do I have to make a decision about abortion?
Although it might be difficult, it is best if you can make a decision as soon as possible. The earlier you make your decision the more abortion options are open to you.
Can anyone help me make a decision about abortion?
If you are confused about how you feel about abortion, you could talk to family and friends. Alternatively, you may prefer to talk to a counsellor or make an appointment to visit us at Marie Stopes Reproductive Choices.
Is it up to me if I have an abortion?
It is entirely your right to choose whether or not you would like to access abortion services. No one else can make this decision for you.
Can my boyfriend / parents stop me from seeking an abortion?
Your boyfriend/parents can not stop you from seeking an abortion. It is your right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. Abortion services are confidential and no one will be told about your visit unless you want them to including your parents and doctor.
How old do I have to be to have an abortion?
Any woman has the right to access abortion services and everyone is offered counselling to help them with their decision. Younger women are always advised to have counselling to talk their feelings and options through. Abortion services are confidential and no one will be told about your visit unless you want them to including your parents and doctor.
Will an abortion go on my medical record?
Marie Stopes Reproductive Choices or clinics in England that provide abortion advice or abortion services will not tell anyone about your visit unless you give permission.
Can I have more than one abortion?
Yes, women are free to seek abortion services on more than one occasion, however there are very reliable methods of contraception available which if used properly should reduce the risk of an unplanned pregnancy resulting in abortion.
Is there a link between abortion and breast cancer?
There is no evidence from the medical profession that abortion causes breast cancer.
Can a woman with learning disabilities have an abortion?
Yes, a woman with learning disabilities can access abortion services as long as she fully understands what is involved and is able to give consent to having an abortion. Counselling would be advised and we would recommend that a friend comes with her to her appointment if possible for support.