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Termination of pregnancy (abortion)

If you have an unwanted pregnancy and are considering an abortion, it is important that you consider all your options. It is also important that you have the support to make the decision that is right for you.

If you are considering an abortion, talk with a medical professional about your options as soon as possible.

You can have pre- and post-decision counselling at the Gynaecology Procedure Unit (previously Lyndhurst Clinic). This is free and confidential. Call (03) 378‑6386. The Gynaecology Procedure Unit is open Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Pregnancy Counselling Services provides a free 24/7 telephone counselling service to anyone involved in a worrying pregnancy. The counsellors protect the confidentiality of clients. Call 0800‑PREGNANT (0800‑773‑462).

If you decide to go ahead with an abortion, you will need a referral to the Gynaecology Procedure Unit from a GP or Family Planning Clinic. There is public funding for appointments during early pregnancy, so your appointment to get a referral should be free if you are a New Zealand citizen or resident. As always, your medical appointment will be confidential.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by midwife liaison, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2018.

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