An abortion is the process of ending a pregnancy.

The pregnancy is ended either by a medical abortion, which involves taking medication, or a surgical abortion, involving a small operation.

The decision will partly depend on how many weeks pregnant you are.

Women will often be able to choose between the two options.

Abortions in Scotland are usually provided by NHS health boards – see the contact details below for your local NHS Board. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to some changes in how services are delivered. However, abortions are treated as essential healthcare and all boards are still providing abortions.