Abortion Care – Northern Ireland

NI Abortion Treatment

On 22 October 2019 abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Accessing abortion will depend on how many weeks pregnant you are (dated from the first day of your last period) and the Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust you live in.

All HSC Trusts provide early medical abortion care in Northern Ireland up to 9 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. This will involve a medical consultation on the telephone with a healthcare professional, followed by a clinic appointment where you will take the first abortion pill. The second set of pills are taken at home. Your home postcode will decide which HSC Trust you attend.

The Belfast, Northern and Southern HSC Trusts also offer surgical abortion (vacuum aspiration) up to 11 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy for people living within these areas.

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, (or 12 weeks if you live within the Belfast or Northern HSC Trusts), 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