There are many decisions that you will have to make in your life and the ones regarding having children and parenting are some of the most important and the most difficult. There are many reasons a woman may decide to seek a termination or abortion, which is the medical ending of a pregnancy. It may be due to medical reasons on her behalf or that of the foetus, due to trauma or any number of personal circumstances.
Thankfully in these modern times women do have the right to choose whether to go through with a pregnancy or not. Here at Dream Bear we continue to work hard to ensure that you have all of the information you need to make an informed choice about ending a pregnancy as well as the support you may need, regardless of what choice you ultimately make.
Making the Decision
Talking to your GP, pregnancy and women’s health charities, your local family planning clinic or any other of the dedicated support services available is the best way to find the guidance and support that you need in order to make an informed decision.
The NHS Choices section on abortion will explain the current law, the process itself, the risks involved in having a termination (all clinical procedures carry some risk) and more in full detail. There are also some phone numbers and websites there which will help you find up to date advice, support and more. Some of these organisations will also be able to help you to self-refer or give you the information you need in order to arrange an abortion.
While there are time limits in play (see below) when it comes to taking the decision to abort a pregnancy do take the time to ensure that you are sure about the decision, looking at other options if necessary in order to make sure you are doing the right thing for you.
An abortion may take place up until the foetus is 24 weeks old (determined via a scan) although due to clinical risks the preferred timescale is under 12 weeks and ideally under 9 weeks. In very rare cases, such as the pregnancy being an imminent danger to the woman or the foetus being severely ill a termination may take place after this time.
In order to have an abortion via the NHS you will need to be referred to a specialist clinic who perform this and the procedure must be agreed by two doctors who both believe that the mental or physical health of the woman would be better if termination took place than if it didn’t. A private abortion does not require the referral of a doctor however still (under the law) requires two doctors to sign off on it.
Again, there are many reasons why a woman might choose to have an abortion and regardless of what these are there is a wealth of support available online and off to offer aid after termination has taken place. The decision to abort is rarely easy or simple to make and so it is important that your needs are taken care of emotionally as well as physically after the fact.
Here are Dream Bear we will always be here with a virtual wholly-unbiased shoulder or ear if needed.