What is the UK law on abortion?
There is also no age limit for treatment. Marie Stopes United Kingdom will see and offer treatment to those aged 12 and above. We strongly advise that under 16s have counselling before they make any decision to go ahead with treatment.
- Not all Marie Stopes UK centres offer abortion treatment upto 24 weeks - please call us on 0345 300 8090 to find out more.
When requesting an abortion, Marie Stopes UK will have to ask you for your reasons. This is required under the law.
Before an abortion can proceed, two doctors must ensure that the requirements of the Abortion Act are fulfilled, and they must both sign the relevant certificate. One of the doctors could be your GP and the other doctor will work at the hospital or clinic where the abortion will take place.
However, you can also self-refer to receive NHS-funded abortion through Marie Stopes UK; we will process all the required paperwork.
Abortion law in Northern Ireland
Abortion is limited under the law in Northern Ireland. However, it is legal to travel to the UK to visit an abortion clinic.
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