If you are pregnant and want to explore your options, speak to someone as soon as possible.
What is abortion?
Abortion is when someone chooses to end a pregnancy. It is sometimes called a termination.
Why do people choose to have an abortion?
People choose to have an abortion for different reasons, some examples are:
Whatever someone’s reasons for having an abortion, it is their choice and right to do so. Speaking about it with experienced healthcare staff can help.
These services are free and confidential.
Where can I get help?
If you think you might be pregnant, it is good to confirm this as soon as possible. Where to get a pregnancy test.
The decision to have an abortion may not be an easy one, it can be a very emotional time. There are staff that can help you to explore the choices available to you.
NHS Lothian’s abortion service is called Choices
You can get information, advice, and support with your decision.
This is a free service.
Get an appointment
NHS Lothian’s abortion service is called Choices.
There are 3 ways to be referred to Choices:
You will have your first appointment at the Chalmers Centre, or St John’s Hospital if you live in West Lothian.
If you are having an abortion and are under 16 years old, you will need to bring a trusted adult with you and someone who is over 18.
Services are free and confidential.
Find out more about the abortion process and what happens at an appointment.
Time really matters.
You have more options the earlier you are in your pregnancy. Speak to someone today.