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UK abortion law

Under the Abortion Act 1967, abortion is legal in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) up to the 24th week of a pregnancy (a week of pregnancy is measured from the first day of the last normal menstrual period). An abortion can only be done after 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances. Most abortions (90 out of 100) are carried out before 13 weeks of pregnancy; 98 out of 100 are carried out before 20 weeks.

To comply with the 1967 Abortion Act, two doctors must give their consent, stating that to continue with the pregnancy would present a risk to the physical or mental health of the woman or her existing children.

It is helpful if the referring doctor provides a signed HSA1 form, but if they are unable to sign the form and the clients reasons complies with the Act we will provide both doctors signatures.

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