Abortion Care – Northern Ireland

NI Abortion Treatment

On 22 October 2019 abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Following the change in the law an interim early medical abortion service was established in April 2020. This is available in the first 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy (dated from the first day of your last period).

Accessing the abortion pill in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy will involve attending a local Health and Social Care (HSC) clinic. You will take the first pill within the clinic. The second set of pills are taken at home.

This service is currently being provided in the Belfast, Northern, South Eastern and Southern HSC Trusts. People living in the Western HSC Trust can access early medical abortion care in a neighbouring trust.

Accessing Abortion Care (up to 10 weeks)

Anyone wishing to access early medical abortion services in Northern Ireland should contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) on 03457 30 40 30 or complete a consultation form here. People living in the Western HSC Trust will either be referred into the Northern or Southern HSC Trusts.

We are aware of numerous people who have contacted Stanton Healthcare. This organisation is not part of the health service in Northern Ireland and does not refer into abortion services. BPAS are the only organisation which currently provide referrals into this service.

Beyond 10 weeks

If your pregnancy is beyond 10 weeks, or you cannot be treated locally, you can access abortion services in England. There is no cost to avail of this. The central booking system is provided by MSI Reproductive Choices. You can access this service by calling 0333 234 2184.

Pregnancy Choices Counselling

Sometimes when faced with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy it is difficult to discuss it with family and friends. This can leave you feeling vulnerable and isolated at a time when you need support. We can provide non-directive pregnancy choices counselling support and information on all your options.

To make an appointment with one of our counsellors please call 028 9031 6100.

Post Pregnancy Counselling

With over 30 years’ experience, ICNI also provide post pregnancy counselling. We can support you following a pregnancy loss – either through abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth. We also provide support around a traumatic birth or for those suffering from postnatal depression or anxiety.

To make an appointment with one of our counsellors please call 028 9031 6100.

Get in touch

For more information contact:
Tel: 028 9031 6100

Email: info@informingchoicesni.org