Where to go for an abortion

Abortions can be carried out by a:

  • GP surgery that provides abortion services
  • family planning clinic that provides abortion services
  • women’s health clinic that provides abortion services
  • hospital that provides abortion services

You will have appointments on different days.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, you may not be able you to attend a doctor in person to access abortion services.

Your pre-abortion consultation will be over the phone or by video link. This is a temporary change.

The doctor will tell you if they need to see you in person. But it will depend on how many weeks you are pregnant and the type of abortion you are having.

Who to contact for an abortion

To have an abortion you can contact:

  • the My Options support service on freephone 1800 828 010
  • a GP surgery that provides abortion services
  • a family planning clinic that provides abortion services
  • a women’s health clinic that provides abortion services

You must have an abortion in a hospital if you:

  • are more than 9 weeks pregnant
  • have any medical conditions or health-related illness. For example, severe anaemia, pre-existing heart disease or severe cardiovascular disease
  • have become pregnant despite using an intrauterine device (IUD) — an IUD is a contraceptive device. It used to be called a coil or a loop

If you need to go to a hospital to have an abortion, your GP will refer you.

Cost of an abortion

An abortion is available free through the HSE if you live in the Republic of Ireland.

If you live outside the Republic of Ireland, you can have an abortion in the Republic of Ireland. But you will have to pay for it.

How long an abortion takes

The length of time for an abortion will be different. It depends on what type of abortion you have.

You should go to the doctor or GP as early as possible in your pregnancy. This is because you need to allow for the time it may take to get certified for an abortion and for the 3-day wait. This is the law.

It is important to remember that a doctor can only carry out an abortion if you are under 12 weeks pregnant, unless under certain circumstances.