The Abortion Pill
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 Northern Ireland 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). This service is currently being provided in the Belfast, Northern, South Eastern and Southern Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts.*
Accessing the abortion pill 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.
ICNI provide the only referral pathway into early medical abortion services through the central access point. This enables women and pregnant people to contact a single telephone number in order to access non-directive information, pregnancy choices counselling if requested and referral into a local clinic to access the abortion pill.
If your gestation is under 10 weeks and you do not wish to continue with the pregnancy, or you wish to discuss your pregnancy choices further, please call us on 028 9031 6100. Our helpline is staffed from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and translation services can also be arranged.
Beyond 10 weeks
If the gestation of your pregnancy is beyond 10 weeks, or you cannot be treated locally, abortion services can still be accessed in England. There is no cost to access abortion care in England and the central booking system is provided by MSI Reproductive Choices. You can access this service by calling 0333 234 2184.
Post Pregnancy Counselling
ICNI also provide Post Pregnancy counselling for those who have experienced pregnancy loss – either through abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth – have experienced a traumatic birth or suffer from postnatal depression or anxiety.
Western HSC Trust
* The Western HSC Trust ceased accepting referrals into their early medical abortion service on Friday 23 April and their service remains suspended. Affected areas include, Derry/Londonderry, Limavady, Omagh, Enniskillen and Strabane. People living in these areas can continue to call the central access point to discuss their options.
Get in touch
For more information contact:
Tel: 028 9031 6100