Deciding to have an abortion is a choice made by thousands of women every day. Until 1967, abortion was illegal in Britain and women were unable to terminate unwanted pregnancies safely.
The Abortion Act allows for abortion up to 24 weeks when two doctors agree that it would cause less damage to a woman’s physical or mental health (or that of existing children) than continuing with the pregnancy. After 24 weeks an abortion is permitted in very limited circumstances concerning the physical and mental health of the pregnant woman or her child if the pregnancy proceeds.
Abortion, however, remains politically controversial and can generate stigma. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act 1967. Visit one of our interactive installations, read real stories of abortion choices, or share your own here online as we work to remove the stigma around abortion.