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Therapeutic Abortion

What is therapeutic abortion?

  • A therapeutic abortion is a procedure that ends a pregnancy before 20 weeks gestation.

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How much does it cost?

  • In Ontario, the cost of a therapeutic abortion is covered for any woman who has a current Ontario Health Card.

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Where are therapeutic abortions performed?

  • Hospitals
  • Freestanding clinics

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Are there any risks?

  • A therapeutic abortion will not affect your fertility or your chances of becoming pregnant in the future.

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How will I know if therapeutic abortion is the right choice for me?

An abortion may be right for you if:

  • You believe that you have the right to choose an abortion.
  • You are choosing abortion out of thoughtful consideration rather than panic or desperation.
  • You can make an early decision.
  • You can consider the feelings of your partner and your family but ultimately understand that a pregnancy option decision belongs to you.
  • You are willing to wait for another time to have a child to raise.
  • You can manage the potential finances of a legal abortion.
  • You are willing to make arrangements for the abortion and necessary aftercare.
  • You are prepared to handle the emotional aspects of abortion.

The Health Department Sexual Health Clinics offer free and confidential counselling regarding all pregnancy options. Appointments can be made with a public health nurse to discuss therapeutic abortions and the post-operative care.

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