Abortion after 12 weeks

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

These are when continuing the pregnancy:

  • puts your life at risk
  • will cause 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.

When you can have an abortion

Page last reviewed: 28 October 2022
Next review due: 28 October 2025