What are the abortion laws in England, Scotland and Wales?

Abortion is legal in England, Scotland and Wales under the Abortion Act 1967 and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The law says you can have an abortion if:

  • You have been pregnant for less than 24 weeks
  • Two doctors agree that having an abortion would cause less damage to your physical or mental health (or that of existing children) than continuing with the pregnancy

Our clinicians are bound by these laws. Our doctors will only agree to perform abortions for reasons that are within the law.

Abortions after 24 weeks are available in exceptional circumstances, such as to save the life of the pregnant person, or if there has been a diagnosis of a serious or fatal foetal anomaly.