If you live in Northern Ireland or elsewhere where abortion treatment may be restricted, you can legally travel for treatment. We provide safe abortion treatment through our clinics across England. Contact us if you would like more information or if you would like to make an appointment. Deciding to have an abortion can be one of the hardest decisions you can make, even more so if you`re traveling to another country to get your treatment. We are here to support you. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you come for an abortion, which is why our team will be there to support you every step of the way. In 2004, there were 185,415 abortions in England and Wales. 87% of abortions were performed at 12 weeks or less and 1.6% (2,914 abortions) at 20 weeks. Abortion is free for residents;  82% of abortions were performed by the tax-funded National Health Service.  During this period, offences of abortion and destruction of children were recorded in Northern Ireland only sporadically – a possible effect of legal deterrence. Between 1998 and 2018, the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Police Service of Northern Ireland recorded 17 cases of “illegal abortion” and three cases of “deliberate destruction of a viable unborn child”. In several years during this period, no such crime was recorded.
 In recent years, there have been calls to legalize abortion on socioeconomic grounds, but these have been rejected by the courts. The argument for abortion for these reasons is that women who can choose when to have a child are better able to fully care for that child, and that cycles of poverty and inequality are weakened when children are born to parents who can adequately care for them. Some cite the link between falling crime rates and the availability of abortions, but so far none of these arguments have been successful. Although abortion is a criminal offence, the use of abortion by the medical profession to protect maternal health has been neglected. As abortion became safer in the 20th century, calls for liberalization of abortion laws multiplied. The UK`s 1967 Abortion Act allowed abortions under prohibited conditions related to maternal and foetal health and had a profound impact on subsequent extensions of abortion laws in more than 40 countries between 1967 and 1982. A fundamental difference between the United States and the United Kingdom is that American women have the right to abort on demand until the fetus is viable. Despite this difference, there is little pressure to change the current laws in the UK, as women have no difficulty getting abortions.
The main legislation on abortion in England, Scotland and Wales is the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. In the UK, abortion for socio-economic reasons is generally allowed during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy (a later period than in most other European countries) and thereafter for medical reasons. In 2017, the Reproductive Health (Access to Abortion) Act was introduced by Labour MP Diana Johnson with the aim of repealing the abortion penal code in England and Wales.  However, with the call for a general election, the bill was defeated and no further action was taken.  One in five women who have an abortion is married; Many others are in stable relationships. Abortion is not just a problem for single women. Forty-seven per cent of women who have abortions already have at least one child. Except in emergencies, abortions can only be performed in NHS hospitals, certain licensed service hospitals or other premises specially authorised by the Secretary of State, such as British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) clinics. At the end of 1999, there were 76 licensed beds and two hospitals. In 2018, the total number of abortions in England and Wales was 205,295. This year, the abortion rate was highest among 21-year-olds and 81% among single people.  Abortions performed for reasons beyond what is permitted by law (for example, in most cases after the expiry of the 24-week period or where consent has not been given) remain illegal in any jurisdiction in the United Kingdom – under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 in England and Wales, common law of Scotland, and the Northern Ireland Regulations.
The Child Life Conservation Act 1929 and the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 1945 also prohibit the destruction of children in cases not permitted under the Abortion Act. The death of a person caused by an unlawful attempt to induce an abortion is, at the very least, manslaughter.   Rape and incest are not a rational reason for abortion in Northern Ireland. The method of conception is considered irrelevant when it comes to protecting that child. The regulation was replaced by Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. In November 2015, Lord Justice Horner issued a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act 1998 stating that Northern Ireland`s abortion law (in particular the absence of provisions in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities or where pregnancy is the result of rape or incest) could not be interpreted in accordance with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. the right to respect for one`s private and family life, home and correspondence; the Convention also protects the right to life in Article 2.  In June 2017, the declaration of incompatibility was quashed by the Court of Appeal on the grounds that “the state must have a wide margin of appreciation” and that “the law in its current form has struck a fair balance until Parliament decides otherwise.”   In June 2018, the UK Supreme Court ruled that Northern Ireland law was incompatible with the right to respect for private and family life, as the law prohibits abortion in cases of rape, incest, and fatal foetal abnormalities. However, the General Court did not reinstate the declaration of incompatibility, since it also held that the appellant did not have locus standi and that the General Court therefore lacked jurisdiction to issue a declaration of incompatibility reflecting its views on the issues of compatibility.
 The Supreme Court`s judgments recognized that the Court did not have the power to declare the inconsistency, but contained a non-binding opinion that there was inconsistency and that a future case in which the applicant had standing was likely to succeed. It also called on the authorities “responsible for ensuring the compatibility of Northern Ireland legislation with the rights of the Convention” to “recognise and take into account these findings .