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The Law

The 1967 Abortion Act allows an abortion to be legally performed under certain conditions. Two doctors have to agree that the conditions are met and the law requires that both the referring doctor and the gynaecologist sign a form indicating the grounds for your case.

The five grounds are as follows:

Termination of pregnancy is legally possible only up to 24 weeks. In the West of Scotland no-one terminates pregnancies beyond 16 weeks unless there are exceptional circumstances. It is possible to arrange a termination up to 24 weeks in the private sector, usually in England.

To obtain a termination at least one of the grounds must be met.