Abortion may be the right choice for someone who does not want to be pregnant at this time. It could be the right choice for people who want to end the pregnancy now, may not be ready to be a parent at this time, or feel unable to go through the commitment of adoption. There is no one “type” of person that chooses abortion. We meet people from various ages, races, religious, economic and marital statuses who choose to have an abortion for many reasons.
In Canada, abortion is legal. Access to abortion procedures are different from province to province. In Alberta, a person can choose to have an abortion up to 20 weeks into pregnancy. Most abortions take place in the first trimester of pregnancy, around 12 weeks after conception. Some clinics in the United States will perform abortions up to 27 weeks.
Be careful when looking for information or support about abortion. There are agencies and groups that are strongly opposed to this option. They may tell you that they provide “pregnancy options counselling” or “abortion counselling” but they do not support abortion as a choice. They may use language like “we will not provide a referral for an abortion”. This language is misleading as no referral is needed to access an abortion. Check carefully when you are calling other agencies for help and ask if the agency will provide abortion referrals. For a list of providers who openly discuss all three choices, feel free to give us a call or send us an email.
Do I have to pay for an abortion in Alberta?
There is no cost for abortion services in Alberta if you have Alberta, Saskatchewan, NWT or Nunavut health care insurance. All fees are covered by these provinces and territories. Unfortunately, if you are visiting from any other province/country, you may have to pay a portion of the fee. For more information on potential fees, contact the Kensington Clinic or the Women’s Health Clinic directly for an estimate of the fees that may apply.
Do I need permission from a parent to access abortion services?
Consent in Alberta is based on capacity, not age. If the physician and clinic staff feel you understand the procedure and its risks, you may sign your own consent form.
It is possible to get pregnant soon after an abortion. If a person wants to begin birth control they can talk to the clinic prior to the procedure or contact their own family doctor to plan ahead. To learn more about birth control options visit our Birth Control Options page.
People may have a lot of different feelings both before and after an abortion and this is normal. If you would like to talk about your feelings, speak to someone you trust or call Centre for Sexuality: 403-283-5580 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org