What counts as later termination of pregnancy?

For the purposes of this study, 'later termination' is defined as between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Am I eligible to take part?

If you are eligible you will have been asked to take part by a nurse or doctor when you attended the participating sexual health centre. You are eligible if:

  • you have presented for a termination between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy AND
  • you are aged 16 years or over AND
  • you are able to read and speak English to a level which allows you to participate fully

You are not eligible to take part in the study if:

  • the termination is/was sought due to grave permanent injury to your physical or mental health, or to save your life, or for severe foetal abnormality OR
  • you are under 16 years of age OR
  • you are unable to read and speak English to a level which allows you to participate fully in the interview

How much time to I need to spend on the study?

The interview will take approximately 60-90 minutes. After the interview no further participation is required.

What if I've said yes, but decide I want to withdraw from the study?

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary. The success of the study is dependent on women giving their time to take part. However, you are free to withdraw from the study at any stage, should you change your mind. You can contact us here.

Who will read what I have said?

Everything you say in the interview will be completely anonymised. A false name will be used for you, and any identifying details will be removed. The information you give us will be written up in a report and may be published in research journals. These may be read by the Scottish Government and by other researchers.

Where can I get abortion advice?

This link takes you to the NHS information page on abortion:


See also the Useful Links page of this website

Where can I get contraception advice?

The sites listed on the Useful Links page also give advice on long- and short-term contraception.

Who funds this study?

The study is funded by the Scottish Government.

Who is conducting the study?

The study is being conducted by the Medical Research Council / Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Uni.