Are you considering abortion?
Finding out you are pregnant is different for everyone. Some women may need more information and support before they feel confident to make the decision that is right for them.
This may include:
- Non-directive pregnancy options counselling
- Information about alternatives (such as adoption and foster care)
- Information about supports to continue the pregnancy.
Women deciding whether to have an abortion consider many of the same factors as women contemplating motherhood, including:
- whether the pregnancy was planned or unplanned
- readiness to take on a parenting role
- the needs of children you may already have
- career and financial situation
- mental, psychological and physical health
- the level of support you are likely to receive from extended family or friends
- moral, emotional and religious beliefs about pregnancy, abortion and motherhood
Accessing an abortion
- Abortion can be legally accessed in Victoria up to 24 weeks gestation, and in certain circumstances beyond this.
- There are a very limited number of services that provide abortions after 12 weeks.
- It’s important to know that the longer the pregnancy progresses, the more difficult and expensive it can be to access abortion services.
- You can call 1800 My Options 1800 696 784 no matter how many weeks pregnant you are, to receive impartial and trustworthy information.
What do I need to do?
If you want to have an abortion, you will need to:
1. Confirm your pregnancy
2. Talk to a health professional
3. Find an abortion service that suits your needs.
4. Find an abortion service
5. Follow up care
Find out more about getting an abortion.