What is later termination of pregnancy?

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

Under UK law, the legal limit for abortion is 24 weeks, except to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health or to save the life of women, or for severe foetal abnormality. While most terminations are carried out in the first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy, a smaller number of women require termination services in the second trimester.

What is actually involved in a later termination varies depending on the stage of pregnancy the woman is at. There are both medical and surgical options - for more information see www.nhsinform.co.uk/health-library/articles/a/abortion/how-it-is-performed

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