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“Whether they need someone to

reassure them or just hold their hand,

I’m there for the client.”

Tshaka, Marie Stopes Nurse

Every year, we help more women

than any other

abortion care charity in the UK. 

 

Booking is easy. We are here to help.

To find out more, call us on

0345 300 8090.

In many cases we provide services for

the NHS, at no cost to you.

To find out more, call us on

0345 300 8090.

 

Marie Stopes helps women and men

make informed choices about

their sexual health.

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What is the UK law on abortion?

Abortion is legal in the UK up to 24 weeks under the Abortion Act 1967. However, if there is a substantial risk to the woman's life or foetal abnormalities, there is no time limit.

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.

Abortion is limited under the law in Northern Ireland. However, it is legal to travel to the UK to visit a clinic. 

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(s) 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.

Need to talk about your options?

Our specialist staff are on hand 24/7 to offer expert advice and support – from your initial consultation to treatment aftercare.

Call us now on 0345 300 8090 or email services@mariestopes.org.uk

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