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 all Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in the first 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy, dated from the first day of your last period. (The service is available in the Northern HSC Trust in the first 11 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy).

Accessing early medical abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy will involve attending a local HSC clinic. You will take the first pill within the clinic. The second set of pills are taken at home.

Accessing early medical abortion between 10 and 12 weeks of pregnancy will involve two clinic visits.

Accessing Abortion Care (in Northern Ireland)

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.

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.

Further information regarding abortion care in Northern Ireland, as well as local contraceptive services can be found on the NI Direct website.

Accessing Abortion Care (in England)

If your pregnancy is beyond 10 weeks, (12 weeks if you live within the Northern HSC Trust), 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.

Due to demand for this service, we currently have a waiting list of 12 months.  We are working hard to secure additional funding to reduce this waiting time, however if you require therapeutic support more urgently please discuss this with your G.P. or Health Visitor.

If you wish to be added to our waiting list please call 028 9031 6100.

Get in touch

For more information contact:
Tel: 028 9031 6100

Email: info@informingchoicesni.org