Abortion (or 'termination of a pregnancy') is the removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus, effectively ending the pregnancy.
As the law stands in the UK it is legal for a woman to have an induced abortion up to 24 weeks into a pregnancy though many hospitals or clinics will not consider a termination beyond 18 to 20 weeks.
There are three methods for termination of pregnancy:
- abortion pill
- Surgical termination
- medical termination
UK organisations that can help
We provide details of the main UK organisations that provide advice on abortion and pregnancy termination, and operate abortion clinics in the UK.
View our directory of abortion clinics.