Termination of pregnancy, or abortion, (up to 20 weeks) is your legal right. Be sure to choose a safe, legal provider.

We offer safe abortion (also called Termination of Pregnancy or TOP) for women who are up to 20 weeks pregnant. Depending on the gestation (stage of the pregnancy), we have two services available: the Marie Stopes Medical Process (often called the abortion pill) and the Marie Stopes Procedure (a minor, same day treatment).

Our nurses and doctors are accredited professionals and experts in reproductive healthcare. Our work is strictly governed the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (amended 2008) and we adhere to World Health Organisation Guidelines and protocols set out by Marie Stopes International.

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Marie Stopes has 14 centres across South Africa, to make an appointment for a safe abortion book online or call us on 0800 11 77 85.

We know that an unplanned pregnancy can be stressful and that having an abortion raises a lot of questions. We’ve tried to answer as many of them below in our Frequently Asked Questions section but if there’s something we missed give us a call on 0800 11 77 85 or ask us a question.

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Safe Abortion FAQ

I just found out that I am pregnant, what are my options?
What if I want to have an abortion?
What safe abortion options are there?
What if I’m not sure I’m pregnant?
At what age is it legal to do abortion?
Can I get an abortion at Marie Stopes if I am not from South Africa?
What will happen during my appointment?
Why do you only start offering abortions at 4 weeks?
Why do you stop offering abortions at 20 weeks?
What are the differences between the two options?
Which option is better?
How do I know which option(s) I am eligible for?
What if I have had a cesarean section?
What kind of pain management is available?
What is conscious sedation?
What if I think I’m still pregnant after the abortion?
When can I have sex again after an abortion?
Can I fall pregnant after an abortion? How soon after?
Do I need to come back to the centre after my process or procedure?
What if I think I’m still pregnant after the abortion?
When can I travel after my abortion?
What if I started an abortion at home or from someone that doesn’t work for Marie Stopes South Africa?