Six facts about your Abortion Rights!
The 1967 Abortion Act applies in Scotland, England and Wales, but not in Northern Ireland. The Abortion Act gives women certain reproductive rights, we want you to know these rights. Abortions can be scary, but we’re here to help!
- Abortions are very common: One in three women will have at least one abortion in her lifetime. The total number of abortions in England and Wales each year is close to 184,600. Abortion is one of the most frequently performed gynaecological procedures in the UK.
- Abortions are safe: A legal induced abortion is markedly safer than childbirth. The risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than that with abortion. There has also been no study to show that having an abortion puts you at a higher risk of breast cancer. Women who have had abortions can go on to have completely normal pregnancies later, when they choose to.
- Abortions are permitted in the UK up to 24 weeks. However, if there is a substantial risk to the woman’s life or foetal abnormalities, there is no time limit.
- You can have completely confidential abortion treatment, whether it’s NHS or privately-funded. And you don’t have to see your GP to access abortion treatment if you’d prefer either.
- Women under the age of 16 can have an abortion. It is up to the woman whether or not to involve her parents in the process.
- The Abortion Act still asks for women to get approval from two doctors, before she can get an abortion. Self-induced abortion, also called DIY abortion, is illegal and a woman could be imprisoned for life if she is caught trying to abort her foetus.
We also have a ‘Did you Know’ section on our website: http://www.abortionrights.org.uk/did-you-know/You can look at this for some more information/inspiration!