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LOCAL INFORMATION

10.4.7
Abortion

Extent: Jersey
Updated 31 March 2020
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Words you may need to know

Pregnancy - this is when a woman is carrying an unborn child

Abortion - an abortion is an operation to end a pregnancy

Distress -  mental suffering/ grief , anxiety or suffering

Termination - when something is terminated, it is ended

Abnormalities - a condition which is not correct or usual, not normal

Consultation - a meeting with someone who is going to give you advice or medical help

Counselling services - help with personal or matters affecting the mind which is usually given by a professional

Certificate - this is a piece of paper which confirms something. It is often signed

Residence - where you live or stay

Contraception - this is methods of preventing or stopping pregnancy

Unprotected sex - this is when sex has taken place but no contraceptives were used

 

Confirming pregnancy

If you think that you are pregnant, you should have a pregnancy test as soon as possible. It is really important that you do this straight away because, if you decide you want an abortion, there are time limits.

Pregnancy tests can be done by:-

  • using a home pregnancy testing kit which you can get from a chemist
  • your GP or doctor
  • the Family Planning Clinic at Le Bas Centre
  • the Brook Advisory Centre, if you are under 21 years of age

After about 12 - 16 weeks of pregnancy, urine tests are not always able to be trusted. You should therefore contact your GP. Abortion on the grounds of distress is not available after the twelfth week.

Who you can talk to

  • the trained counsellors at the Brook Advisory Centre (telephone 507981) if you are under 21 years of age
  • a GP/ Doctor
  • to the General Hospital where there is a fully qualified counsellor-telephone 442116.

Getting an abortion

Under the Termination of Pregnancy (Jersey) Law 1997, there are time limits which apply which depends on the reason for the termination.

Two doctors approved by the Health and Social Services Department must agree that one of the following applies:-

  • a termination is needed to save the woman's life or to prevent serious permanent injury to her physical or mental health. There is no time limit under this reason so a termination can take place at any time up until birth
  • the woman is no more than 24 weeks pregnant, and that there is a serious risk that if born, the child would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to have a serious disability. 
  • the woman is no more than 12 weeks pregnant and her condition causes her distress.

First consultation

You must visit either;

  • your GP / doctor
  • any doctor in general practice
  • the doctor at the Brook Advisory Centre if you are under twenty-one - telephone 507981

Monday

2.30pm - 7pm

Tuesday

3.30pm - 7pm

Wednesday

12noon - 3pm

Thursday

3.30pm - 7pm

Friday

closed

Saturday

11am - 2pm

  • the doctor at the Family Planning Clinic, Le Bas Centre, St Saviour's Road, telephone 443781 (daytime) or 769656 (during evening clinic hours only). (All by appointment only).

The doctor must give you :

  • Information about the health risks of abortion
  • Printed information about the rights, grants and benefits which are given to mothers and children
  • Printed information about counselling services, adoption and hospitals and clinics where abortions can be carried out
  • A certificate to be given to the medical practitioner at her second consultation

Second consultation, after seven days

If the woman still wishes to have an abortion she must then see a gynaecologist / obstetrician who is authorised to carry out abortions. This consultation must happen at least seven days after the first, and the certificate from the first consultation is given to the gynaecologist / obstetrician.

There is a weekly clinic called the Termination of Pregnancy Outpatients Clinic which you might be sent to for your second consultation. The abortion will usually be carried out in a Day Surgery clinic so that you do not have to spend a night in hospital.

Charges

There is a charge of £155. If you have difficulty in paying the fee you should contact the Income Support , Special Payments section at Customer and Local Services.

Residence condition

On the day the abortion is carried out, the woman must have lived in Jersey, or have been resident in Jersey for ninety days before the abortion.

If you are under sixteen years of age

Many GP's / doctors may not be willing to refer a woman under sixteen years of age for an abortion without her parent's agreement. If this is the case, you should make an appointment at the Brook Advisory Centre for counselling, and to see Centre's doctor.

Time limits

Under the Termination of Pregnancy (Jersey) Law 1997 the length of a pregnancy is worked out from the first day of the woman's last period. Where this date is not known, the doctors belief of the length of the pregnancy is acceptable in law.

Counselling after abortion and medical aftercare

If you attend the Termination of Pregnancy Clinic at the Visitors Clinic you will be seen by a fully trained counsellor who can offer counselling if this is wanted. An appointment will also be made for you to go back to the clinic, see your own doctor, a doctor at the Brook Centre or at the Family Planning Clinic as you wish, a week after the abortion has been carried out. This will be both a medical check up, and a chance to discuss counselling services if they are needed and also contraception advice. You can get counselling at the hospital at any time by phoning 442116.

Abortion in the UK

You can contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) Helpline Mon - Fri 8am - 9pm, Sat 8.30 - 6pm, Sun 9.30am - 2.30pm. Telephone 08457 304030.

Abortion pill and the 'morning after' pill

The abortion pill, known as RU486, is not available in Jersey at this time. This pill should not be mixed up with the 'morning after' pill which is available in Jersey and is used after unprotected sex.  You can get the 'morning after' pill from GP's, the Family Planning Clinic and Brook.  It can be taken up to three days after sex has taken place.