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Gestation Calculator

This calculator has been designed to give you an idea of the treatment options available to you*. If you decide to have an abortion with Marie Stopes UK, one of our nurses will give a more approximate gestation date during your appointment by way of a scan.
*Please note that this online calculator will only give you an estimated gestation based on the details you have provided.

Please select the first day of your last menstrual period.

 

 

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Abortion Criteria in the Republic of Ireland

Abortion is illegal under the law in Ireland unless the pregnancy endangers the life of a woman including the risk of suicide. Abortion is not legal in Ireland in cases of rape, incest or foetal anomalies.

Do I qualify for an abortion in Ireland?

Access to abortion in Ireland is governed by the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013. This Act of the Oireachtas specifies the circumstances and processes within which abortion is legal in Ireland and can be legally performed there. The bill was signed into law and commenced on 1 January 2014.

The criteria detailing the number and specialty of medical practitioners who must agree that termination is necessary to prevent a risk of death include:

1-Risk of loss of life from physical illness

Two medical practitioners, an obstetrician and a medical professional of relevant speciality, have jointly certified in good faith the there is a real and substantial risk of loss of the woman’s life from a physical illness. They must also certify that that risk can only be averted by carrying out the medical procedure. That procedure will have to be carried out by the obstetrician who practices as such at an appropriate institution. The draft bill’s list of approved institutions included maternity hospitals and was extended to include hospitals with intensive care units where the nearest hospitals did not have emergency medicine facilities.

If a woman has cancer, the two medical practitioners will have to be an obstetrician and an oncologist for example. Where relevant, the specialists must also consult the woman's general practitioner (GP).

2-Risk of loss of life from physical illness in emergency

In a medical emergency, a single physician must both provide the diagnosis and perform the termination if he/she believes in good faith that there is an immediate risk of loss of the pregnant woman’s life from physical illness.

3-Risk of loss of life from suicide

Three medical practitioners need to jointly certify that there is a real and substantial risk of loss of the woman’s life by way of suicide. Those medical practitioners must be: an obstetrician, a psychiatrist with experience treating women during or after pregnancy, and another psychiatrist. At least one of them should consult the woman's GP with her consent. The termination would be an elective procedure performed at an appropriate institution.

Travel and obtaining information about foreign abortions

The Act does not limit the freedom to travel outside of Ireland or obtain information about available services abroad. You can decide to travel to England to have access to safe and legal abortion treatment with Marie Stopes UK.

Other considerations

·        Medical personnel with conscientious objection to abortion in Irleand will not be required to participate in terminations but must transfer care of patient if this is the case.

·        All terminations must be notified to the Minister for Health within 28 days in Ireland. The minister will make an annual report of such notifications.

Need to talk about your options?

Our specialist staff are on hand 24/7 to offer expert advice and support – from your initial consultation to treatment aftercare.

Call us now on 0345 300 3737 (callers from Northern Ireland) or 1 800 200 374 (Free phone for callers from the Republic of Ireland) or email services@mariestopes.org.uk.