Abortion, sometimes known as termination of pregnancy (TOP) is legal in Britain under the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The 1967 act states that two doctors must agree that an abortion would cause less damage to a woman's physical or mental health than to continue with the pregnancy. It is identified by most doctors that the distress of continuing with an unwanted pregnancy would most likely be harmful to a woman's health.

Although abortion is legally available up to 24 weeks of pregnacy it is safer when it is carried out earlier in the pregnancy and it is, therefore, advisable to seek advice quickly if you are pregnant and seeking an abortion.

What if you are uncertain about having an abortion?The decision to carry on with the pregnancy or have an abortion is not always an easy one to make. It may help to talk to family or friends, but often it is easier to talk to someone who is not close - we are here.

WPH offers professional unbiased couselling and follow-up support which allows women to make an informed decision. However, if you are already confident in your decision to abort but need information and advice on the process, again we are here to help. Please telephone to make an appointment or alternatively contact our helpline.








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