Until When Can I Get an Abortion?

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How Far Along Can I Get an Abortion? 

  • Abortion regulations differ from area to area. While some countries prohibit abortion, most governments limit abortions to the first trimester. Some regions have no gestational limit. For detailed information on your country, see below.
  • While the use of the abortion pill is usually restricted to the first 9 weeks (LMP), in-clinic abortions are medically possible throughout the entire pregnancy.

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Until When Is It Possible To Have an Abortion? - International Overview 

Threshold restrictions for abortions vary from country to country. Here is an overview of the gestational limit for each country:

The weeks of pregnancy are counted from the last menstrual period (LMP). This is the same as gestational age (GA). The actual fetal age (Conceptional Age - CA) would be two weeks less. 

South Africa

12 weeks


12 weeks


12 weeks

Australian Capital Territory


New South Wales

22 weeks; legal until birth with the approval by two doctors

Northern Territory

14 weeks with one doctor’s approval; 22 weeks with two doctors’ approval


22 weeks; legal until birth with approval by two doctors

South Australia

Lawful up to 28 weeks, only if deemed necessary by two doctors


16 weeks


24 weeks; legal until birth with the approval by two doctors

Western Australia

20 weeks

New Zealand

20 weeks


See our Austrian page.


See our German page.

Great Britain

12 weeks


See our Italian page.


See our Portuguese page.

Republic of Ireland

12 weeks

The Netherlands

24 weeks; 5 day waiting period required

Northern Ireland

12 weeks


See our Swiss page.


None; no abortion provider performs abortions past 24 weeks




See our US page (coming soon)

  • Exceptions for later abortions are made in most countries. For more information, go to Late-Term Abortions.

While abortions are unrestricted in some countries, many abortion clinics do not provide abortions beyond the first 13 weeks. This is because they are not equipped to perform more complicated abortion methods, which are used in late-term abortions. Medication Abortions can be performed within the first 9 weeks gestation. Vacuum Aspirations are usually not performed past the 14th week.


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I Still Have Time - What’s Next?

There are probably many more unanswered questions going through your mind. You may be unsure of where to go from here. You want to make a decision that leaves you without regrets…

Go to Unplanned Pregnancy - Now What? for practical steps and advice.

This is a difficult road to travel. You probably feel overwhelmed, stuck, abandoned. You are not alone. Allow us to walk alongside you as you determine which path is right for you. Our judgement-free resources are tailor-made for your situation. Why not give them a try?


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