The Abortion Act 1967 does not apply Northern Ireland. The law in Northern Ireland stems from the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 which makes it illegal to seek to terminate a pregnancy or help a woman terminate pregnancy except where it poses a serious long-term or permanent threat to the mental or physical health of the woman. This includes suicide. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment.
WHERE AN ABORTION IS LEGAL, IT NEEDS TO BE PERFORMED UNDER 9 WEEKS 4 DAYS GESTATION. WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN PREGNANT FOR OVER 9 WEEKS WILL NEED TO TRAVEL TO ENGLAND FOR TREATMENT.
NUPAS are pleased to confirm that, following the landmark announcement that women from Northern Ireland will be able to access funded abortions, NUPAS will now provide abortions to women travelling from Northern Ireland at no charge.
There are reports of women in Northern Ireland ordering the medication required for an early medical abortion online; this is not advised as it puts them at risk of a lengthy prison sentence.