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Abortion

An abortion is a medical procedure performed to end a pregnancy, which is done in a hospital, clinic or at home with the abortion pill. There are two types of abortion in Canada: abortion pill in early pregnancy and in-clinic abortion up to 24 weeks gestation.

Gestation is calculated based on the first day of your last menstrual period or with a dating ultrasound. You will need to know the first day of your last menstrual period or have a dating ultrasound in order to book an abortion. If you are seeking an abortion after 24 weeks gestation please contact the Action Canada Access Line at 1-888-642-2725.

Abortions are legal, safe, medical procedures covered by OHIP, although some clinics may charge a fee for non-insured services. You do not need a doctor’s referral to have an abortion.

SHORE Centre is a resource centre and does not provide any medical or clinical services, but we can connect you to an abortion provider.

Have questions about abortion? Read the facts here.

Click here for more information about what to expect following an abortion.

Abortion Options

Abortion Pill

Available in early pregnancy

  • The abortion pill is known as Mifegymiso and contains two separate medications, mifepristone and misoprostal
  • The abortion pill is available with a prescription from a trained family doctor or nurse practitioner and is covered by your Ontario Health Card
  • The abortion process is similar to an early miscarriage
  • Pain medication and anti-nausea medication are provided for your comfort
  • You will experience symptoms such as heavy bleeding, nausea, cramping, headache and chills
  • Symptoms often only last for a few hours, but some may experience symptoms on and off several days
  • The process involves several appointments including an ultrasound and blood work before and after the abortion as well as 3 or 4 doctor appointments over a two week period
  • There is currently only one healthcare provider prescribing the abortion pill in Waterloo Region, please contact SHORE Centre at 519-743-9360 or options@shorecentre.ca to schedule an appointment

In-Clinic Abortion

Up to approximately 14 weeks gestation

  • Procedure takes 5 to 10 minutes, but the appointment will take approximately 4 hours
  • Pain medication and sedatives are provided for your comfort
  • You will be awake during the procedure
  • There are clinics that can perform the abortion under general anaesthesia in London and Toronto, ON
  • Most people are able to return to their day-to-day activities within 24 hours
  • You may have bleeding, cramping, and nausea for approximately one week after
  • Available in Waterloo Region up to 13 weeks of pregnancy
  • Costs for this method are covered by your Ontario Health Card*

In-Clinic Abortion

Between approximately 15 and 24 weeks

  • May take up to 3 back to back appointments
  • The doctor will determine how many appointments are needed
  • If two appointments: laminaria will be inserted to dilate your cervix, you will return the following day to have your abortion
  • If three appointments, laminaria will be inserted on day 1 and day 2, your abortion will take place on day 3
  • You will be awake during the procedure
  • There are also clinics that can perform the abortion under general anaesthesia
  • Pain medication and sedatives are provided for your comfort
  • The nearest providers are located in London and Toronto
  • Costs for this method are covered by your Ontario Health Card*

*Please note that individual clinics may charge a fee for their services

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