Abortion

10.4.7 Updated on:

Confirming pregnancy

If you think that you are pregnant, you should have a pregnancy test as soon as possible. It is really important that you do this straight away because if you decide you want a termination there are time limits.

Pregnancy tests can be done by:-

  • using a home pregnancy testing kit which you can get from a chemist
  • your GP or doctor
  • the Family Planning Clinic at Le Bas Centre
  • the Brook Advisory Centre, if you are under 21 years of age

After 12 – 16 weeks of pregnancy, urine tests are not always reliable. You should therefore contact your GP. Abortion on the grounds of distress is not available after the twelfth week.

Who you can talk to:

  • Brook Advisory Centre, Tel: +44 1534 507981 if you are under 21 years of age
  • GP/ Doctor
  • General Hospital where there is a fully qualified counsellor, tel: +441534 442116

Getting an abortion

Under the Termination of Pregnancy (Jersey) Law 1997, there are time limits that apply depending on the reason for the termination.

Two doctors approved by the Health and Community Services Department must agree that one of the following applies:-

  • a termination is needed to save the woman’s life or to prevent serious permanent injury to her physical or mental health. There is no time limit under this reason so a termination can take place at any time
  • the woman is no more than 24 weeks pregnant and there is a serious risk that if born, the child would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to have a serious disability
  • the woman is no more than 12 weeks pregnant and her condition causes her distress

First consultation

You must visit either;

  • your GP / doctor
  • any doctor in general practice
  • the doctor at the Brook Advisory Centre if you are under twenty-one, Tel: +44 1534 507981
  • the doctor at the Family Planning Clinic, Le Bas Centre, St Saviour’s Road, Tel: +44 1534 443781 (daytime) or Tel: +44 1534 769656 (evening). All by appointment only.

The doctor must give you:

  • Information about the health risks of abortion
  • Printed information about the rights, grants and benefits which are given to mothers and children
  • Printed information about counselling services, adoption, hospitals and clinics
  • A certificate to be given to the medical practitioner at the second consultation

The second consultation (after 7 days)

If the woman still wishes to have an abortion she must then see a gynaecologist/obstetrician who is authorised to carry out abortions. This consultation must happen at least seven days after the first and the certificate from the first consultation must be given to the gynaecologist/obstetrician.

There is a weekly clinic called the Termination of Pregnancy Outpatients Clinic which you might be sent to for your second consultation. The procedure will usually be carried out in a Day Surgery clinic so that you do not have to spend a night in hospital.

Charges

There is a charge of £185.

If you have difficulty in paying the fee, you should contact the Income Support Special Payments section at Customer and Local Services, Tel: +44 1534 444444.

Residence condition

On the day the procedure is carried out, the woman must have lived in Jersey, or have been resident in Jersey for ninety days.

If you are under sixteen years of age

Many GPs may not be willing to refer a woman under sixteen years of age without her parent’s agreement. If this is the case, you should make an appointment at the Brook Advisory Centre.

Time limits

Under the Termination of Pregnancy (Jersey) Law 1997 the length of a pregnancy is worked out from the first day of the woman’s last period. Where this date is not known, the doctor’s belief of the length of the pregnancy is acceptable in law.

Counselling after abortion and medical aftercare

If you attend the Termination of Pregnancy Clinic at the Visitors Clinic you will be seen by a fully trained counsellor who can offer counselling if this is wanted. An appointment will also be made for you to go back to the clinic, see your own doctor, a doctor at the Brook Centre or at the Family Planning Clinic as you wish, a week after the abortion has been carried out. This will be both a medical check-up and a chance to discuss counselling services if they are needed and also contraception advice.

You can get counselling at the hospital at any time.

Tel: +44 1534 442116

Abortion in the UK

You can contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

Tel: +44 8457 304030