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The laws on abortion in the UK set out why and when it is possible to have a termination for an unwanted or accidental pregnancy.
Accidental pregnancies are fairly common. Sometimes they happen because you forgot to use contraception or something went wrong, such as the condom breaking. However, they can also happen because contraception can’t prevent all pregnancies, even when it is working properly. Although it is less common, unwanted pregnancies can also happen due to rape.
In cases when there is no physical risk to your health and no medical problem with the foetus, an abortion can be performed if continuing with the pregnancy would have a negative impact on your mental wellbeing. This could mean:
If you are considering abortion for an unwanted pregnancy it is important to be aware that there are time limits for the procedure and that it is best to have the termination as early as possible. At the 132 Healthwise clinic we perform:
Having an abortion is a very personal decision, whatever your reasons are for considering it. You will need to discuss all of the options with your doctor so that you can make the choice that feels right for you.