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Abortion: Available at Any Time

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In Quebec, abortion is legal, free, and available at any time. A woman doesn’t lose her right to an abortion after a certain number of weeks. No matter how far along the pregnancy is, a woman always has the choice to do what she believes is best for her. 

However, different medical techniques must be used depending on the number of weeks of pregnancy. The availability of services varies depending on the progression of the pregnancy.

Up to and Including 13 Weeks of Pregnancy (First Trimester)

In Quebec, most abortions are performed during the first trimester of pregnancy.

During the first trimester, almost all health care facilities in Quebec can perform abortions: hospitals, CLSCs, private clinics, and community clinics.

14 to 22 Weeks of Pregnancy

Most health care facilities in Quebec can also perform abortions at this stage of pregnancy.

However, as the pregnancy advances, fewer facilities are equipped to perform the abortion.  

23 Weeks of Pregnancy and Later  

Most health care facilities in Quebec cannot perform abortions after 23 weeks of pregnancy because they are not equipped to deal with abortions at this stage of pregnancy. 

If necessary, a woman can travel to the United States to have an abortion at this stage of pregnancy under the Quebec health care system. Travel expenses and the cost of the procedure are covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ or health insurance board). 

To learn the different places where you can get an abortion, you can call Info-Santé at 811.