Abortion after 12 weeks

After 12 weeks, you can only have an abortion in exceptional circumstances.

These are where continuing the pregnancy:

  • puts your life at risk
  • risks serious harm to your health
  • is likely to lead to the death of the foetus either before or within 28 days of birth because of a problem with its development

These abortions will take place in a hospital.

Page last reviewed: 18 December 2018
Next review due: 18 December 2021

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