Abortion Care

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 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.

Accessing Abortion Care (up to 10 weeks)

On Friday 1 October 2021 Informing Choices NI withdrew our central access point service into early medical abortion services.

From Monday 4 October anyone wishing to access early medical abortion services in Northern Ireland should contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service on 03457 30 40 30.

Having previously provided the central access point Informing Choices NI are aware of numerous people who had contacted Stanton Healthcare in the expectation that they would be referred into local early medical abortion services. Please note that this organisation is not part of the health service in Northern Ireland and does not refer into abortion services. The only organisation which currently provides this service is the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

Western Trust

*The Western Trust suspended their early medical abortion service in April 2021. As abortion services have not been commissioned in Northern Ireland, all Trusts have a lack of resources at present. Therefore, they will not accept referrals from people living outside of their Trust area.

Affected areas include, Derry/Londonderry, Limavady, Omagh, Enniskillen and Strabane. Women living in these areas who wish to access early medical abortion services have the following options:

  • Access abortion care in England through the central booking system provided by MSI Reproductive Choices. This service will organise a medical consultation on the telephone with a doctor prior to travel to England. Both the travel and abortion treatment are funded by the UK Government. You can access this service by calling 0333 234 2184.
  • Access abortion care in Ireland. You would have to pay privately to do so and the cost would be in the region of €450. You can contact MyOptions or the IFPA to discuss accessing care.
  • Access abortion medication online from an independent provider. There are a number of websites that say they provide abortion pills. Always be cautious when buying any medication on the internet however, we are aware of reputable providers that prescribe early medical abortion pills. One such provider is Women Help Women. Women Help Women will ask you to fill in an online questionnaire regarding your medical history and suggest a donation of around £75 before posting the medication to you. The World Health Organisation states that it is safe to take this medication in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and the NHS in Scotland is currently posting this medication to patients living in Scotland in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. While an early medical abortion is a very safe process, if you do access the medication in this way and require any medical support following their use you should seek support without delay. With the change to abortion law in Northern Ireland it is legal to access the medication in this way.

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.

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 help you by providing 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 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.

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