Abortion

 

Abortion is when a pregnancy is ended so that it doesn’t result in the birth of a child. Sometimes it is called ‘termination of pregnancy’.

 

The decision to have an abortion is not easy and it can be a very emotional time. Talking to people you trust and making sure you have accurate information and support can help. It is important that you seek advice as early as possible.

 

If you decide to have an abortion you will be supported by the NHS to do this in a non judgemental way and in confidence. Abortion is free throughout the NHS.

Abortion is available up to 18 weeks & 6 days gestation in Tayside.

 

You can be referred by:

 

If you are under 16 and considered competent to consent to your own medical treatment, you can consent to an abortion.

 

In Tayside if you are aged between 14-16 you do not need to take someone with you for your clinic appointment, but it is requested that if returning for the procedure you have someone over 16 with you. You are encouraged to try to involve a parent or another adult, for example another family member or friend

 

For more information on abortion click here

 

Post termination counselling is available through the NHS or through independent organisations. You will be given this information either at Ninewells or PRI.