Abortion is allowed up to 24 weeks on condition that continuing with the pregnancy involves a greater risk to:
* the physical or mental health of the woman, or
* the physical or mental health of the woman's existing children than having a termination.
When establishing the level of risk to health, doctors can take into consideration a woman's ‘actual or reasonably foreseeable environment', which includes her personal and social situation. Abortion is also allowed if there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would ‘suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped'.
Abortion is allowed after 24 weeks if there is:
* risk to the life of the woman,
* evidence of severe fetal abnormality, or
* risk of grave physical and mental injury to the woman.
An abortion must be:
* agreed by two doctors (one in an emergency) and
* carried out by a doctor, and
* carried out in a government-approved hospital or clinic.
Where any pregnancy occurs as a result of failure of any device or method used by any married woman or her husband for the purpose of limiting the number of children, the anguish caused by such unwanted pregnancy may be presumed to constitute a grave injury to the mental health of the pregnant woman.
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