Second trimester abortion
The decision to have a second trimester abortion (sometimes also known as late second term abortion) is not easy and women who are undergoing the procedure need special care and support, given the often exceptional circumstances in which women decide to have an abortion at this stage. These might include detection of a serious foetal abnormality, in cases where the pregnancy is having a severe mental and/or physical impact on the woman, or may involve factors like domestic violence.
At Marie Stopes Australia, our experienced team of doctors, nurses and counsellors provide safe, surgical abortion up to 24 weeks’ gestation, as an alternative to early induced labour.
In Australia, the variation in laws on abortion between the states and territories means that access to late second term abortion can be a challenge.
As such, late second trimester abortions are only performed under intravenous sedation, in accredited day surgery facilities, in accordance with relevant legislation – which means you may need to travel interstate, depending on your circumstances.
Please note, if you are over 16 weeks gestation you will need a formal ultrasound report (performed after 12 weeks gestation) and blood test results for haemoglobin and blood group prior to your appointment. You can arrange this through your GP or we can provide request forms for you.