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Medical abortions can be performed up to 9 weeks, but you may decide to have a surgical termination instead for medical reasons or due to your own preferences. Surgical procedures can also be performed later in the third trimester. The two options available in the UK are:
Several different surgical procedures may be available in the second trimester, depending on how far along you are and the clinic you choose for your abortion:
The 24 week legal limit for abortions falls near the end of the second trimester. After this time, access to abortion is more limited.
Abortions aren’t usually carried out in the third trimester unless the woman’s life is in danger or a severe foetal abnormality has been detected. If an abortion needs to be performed at this stage in pregnancy: