Terminate pregnancy

Termination of pregnancy is when a woman decides to end her pregnancy before the full term by medical means.  The woman must be under 13 weeks pregnant to end the pregnancy without giving reasons.

If she is between 13 and 20 weeks pregnant, the pregnancy may be terminated only under specific conditions. If she is more than 20 weeks pregnant, it will be done only if her or the foetus' life is in danger or there are likely to be serious birth defects.

Find out more about terminating a pregnancy on the Department of Health website or contact them on 012 395 8000.