How US abortion laws will affect the UK

How US abortion laws will affect the UK

(Everything You Need to Know)

As the anti-abortion laws progress across the states of America, more and more questions arise. In this article, we answer your queries as well as explain the abortion laws in the UK and US.

Find out everything you need to know here.

Abortion in America

Currently, in the United States, abortion is illegal is in over 30 states, however recent changes in some states have triggered an uproar due to the conditions of the law.


Alabama is one of these states where abortion has a near total ban. Legislators passed a bill banning abortions with the following exceptions:

  • If the unborn child has a lethal anomaly;
  • If there is a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother if the pregnancy continues;
  • If a woman has an ectopic pregnancy.

This means for women in Alabama who have been victims of rape or incest are not eligible for abortion and will be committing a crime if they were to abort their unborn child. There was, in fact, an amendment to exempt rape and incest however, this failed to pass.

Due to abortion now being illegal in Alabama, any doctor to perform an abortion outside of the exemptions will be treated as a felon and could face a sentence of up to 99 years for carrying out the procedure.

The Republican Gov. Kay Ivey stated that the law passed “stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”.

As well as Alabama, other states across America have passed bills referred to as ‘heartbeat’ bills, which ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is found. Due to the development of a fetus, a heartbeat can be detected as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy, a time where most women may not even know they are pregnant.

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Ohio is one of the states which has signed into the heartbeat bill in April 2019, which happened to occur a day after the Senate passed the law.


Mississippi is another state which has signed into the heartbeat bill. They have made two exceptions to this and therefore the bill does not apply to women who are at serious risk of health impairment due to their pregnancy or at risk of death.


Georgia has signed the heartbeat bill besides their current abortion laws. Currently, women in Georgia are legally allowed to have an abortion up to their 20th week of pregnancy. Due to the signing of the heartbeat bill, this will now change abortion laws in Georgia and this will come into effect in 2020 on January 1st.

Abortion Law UK

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In the United Kingdom, abortion is legal under most circumstances due to the Abortion Act 1967. In England, Wales and Scotland, abortion is legal up to 23 weeks and 6 days whereas, in Northern Ireland, access to abortion is more limited due to the Abortion Act not being extended to this region.

By law, those who provide methods of abortion in the United Kingdom are asked to ask the woman her reason for the abortion. Within the process of abortion, the woman will have to speak to two doctors to ensure all requirements of the abortion act are met and sign a certificate to confirm this.

An abortion can be carried out after 24 weeks in specific circumstances including if the mother’s life is at risk or the child will be born with a severe disability.

There are two types of abortion available; a medical abortion and a surgical abortion. A medical abortion, also known as the abortion pill, is the process of taking two medication between 24 to 28 hours and in turn, induce a miscarriage.

A surgical abortion is a small procedure in which the pregnancy is removed and therefore the woman is no longer pregnant.

You can find out more about medical abortion and surgical abortion here.

How our team at NUPAS can help

AT NUPAS we promote the sexual health of both men and women. We respect an individual’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy as long as she is in a safe environment with the correct support. For more information on the abortions we provide and how we can help you, contact us on 0333 004 6666 or from 01 874 0097 from the Republic of Ireland.

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Removing criminal sanctions from abortion legislation

Abortion legislation study

In March 2018, the Royal College of Nursing launched a UK-wide survey of members on the principle of removing criminal sanctions from termination of pregnancy

(commonly referred to as decriminalisation of abortion). The consultation focused solely on the principle of decriminalisation of termination of

pregnancy. 73.7% of respondents voted in favour of the decriminalisation of abortion. The RCN believe that abortion should be treated the

same as any other medical practice, subject to regulation and following the poll will be reviewing their future work relating to termination of pregnancy legislation.

Find out more here:


NUPAS are supporting the web abortion research

Abortion research at NUPAS

Have you terminated a pregnancy in Great Britain? Sharing your personal experience is powerful, and they need to hear from you. Filling out the quick, confidential survey at this link will help them advocate better for improved access to abortion services in the future, and they would really appreciate your input. Click here: if you wish to participate.

More information on Women on Web can be found here:


Our View On Mr Rees-Moggs Opinion On Abortion

Opinion on abortions from Mr Rees-Moggs

Whilst NUPAS fully recognizes Mr Rees-Moggs personal opinions, MPs should recognise and respect that despite personal opinion, the law states that every woman should have control over her own body and her fertility in relation to whether to continue with a pregnancy or not, as described in the 1967 Abortion Act. This should not be overruled by the opinions of individuals in charge of making parliamentary decisions. Abortion is an individual’s choice, and opinions against it are very often overruled by religious beliefs when a women finds herself in an unplanned situation.

NUPAS opinion

NUPAS continues to advocate the right for women to access safe abortion services and believes that is it a fundamental healthcare right for women wherever they live.

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No charge for women from Northern Ireland

NUPAS are pleased to confirm that, following the landmark announcement last week 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 with immediate effect.

NUPAS provides pregnancy testing, pregnancy counselling, abortion treatments, contraception and STI screening.

Contact us

For more information women in Northern Ireland can call (01) 874 0097 or see comprehensive information at


Committment To Help Northern Ireland Women

NUPAS welcome the commitment to ensure women from Northern Ireland will be able to get abortions on the NHS in England. It is a positive step forward to ensure equity of service and provision for women in the UK

Today more than 50 MPs from the major parties backed a call for Northern Irish women to have abortions for free in England – they currently have to pay.

In Northern Ireland abortions are only allowed if a woman’s life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her physical or mental health. Aaron Flaherty, Head of Clinical Services stated “This is a positive move for women in Northern Ireland, providing them with equity and choice. A huge barrier has been removed today.”

NUPAS  provide a confidential service to ensure informed choices  around pregnancy, contraception and sexual health; they have been a keen advocate for women’s rights and have provided advice and support to women from Northern Ireland for the last 35 years. NUPAS offer pregnancy counselling, abortion treatments, contraception and STI screening with compassion and care.

Contact us

For more information women in Northern Ireland can call (01) 874 0097 or see comprehensive information at


Access To Services For All

Is it right that women in Northern Ireland currently face financial challenges to access a service that is free at the point of care to other women in the UK?

Our opinion

We at NUPAS don’t think that it is. We support the rights of all women to access safe abortion services.

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Breakthrough In Male Contraception

Major break through in testing of a new male contraceptive.

The facts

The male contraceptive jab was 96% effective in a year-long trial.

The injected male contraceptive lowers sperm count and in a global test involving 350 men and their partners. Only four pregnancies occurred.

There were still few side effects, including muscle pain mood swings and depression, as well as increased libido.


High Quality of Care!

The National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service (NUPAS) would like to assure women wanting to access termination of pregnancy services that it is our priority is to ensure that patients get safe, high-quality and compassionate care.

We have worked with the Care Quality Commission since February 2016 to ensure that all our services have been inspected under the new and in-depth inspection regime.
Aaron Flaherty, Head of Clinical Services said – “In light of recent events with Marie Stopes, We have increased our capacity to meet the demands of the service. NUPAS are working with NHS England and other providers to ensure that levels of disruption are kept to a minimum. Women should be assured that they will be able to access our safe service quickly and without any barriers”.

Contact us

Our confidential helpline can answer any questions or concerns for women affected by this from within and outside the UK.

For an appointment at any of our national clinics please ring 0333 004 6666 or visit

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New Clinic Opens In Bury

The latest NUPAS  clinic opened it’s doors in Bury, Lancashire in September at the Moorgate Primary Care Centre

We will be offering a whole range of sexual health services and advice including:

Contact us to find out more.