Abortion is legal in the Netherlands until foetal viability. This at 24 weeks. In practice, the Dutch clinics and hospitals adhere to an upper limit of approximately 22 weeks.
The doctor decides on the treatment
We have an interview with you and an ultrasound scan is performed before an abortion treatment. The decision on whether the treatment in the clinic can be pursued depends on the ultrasound scan, your health and situation.
For most abortion treatments, there is a time of reflection (waiting time) laid down by law of 5 days. This commences after the first interview with a doctor (or general practitioner).
There are various ways of stopping pregnancy, depending on how long you have been pregnant.
If you choose to have a pregnancy stopped, there are various ways of doing so, depending on the pregnancy duration and your choice.
Abortion pill (medicinal abortion)
Up to 9 weeks (calculated from the start of the last menstruation)
- a medicinal abortion by means of the abortion pill
First trimester of abortion treatment
Up to 13 weeks (calculated from the start of the last menstruation) is referred to as a first trimester of abortion treatment
- a suction curettage under local anaesthetic or sedation
Second trimester of abortion treatment
Up to 13 weeks (calculated from the start of the last menstruation) is referred to as a second trimester of abortion treatment
- dilation and evacuation abortion under local anaesthetic or sedation
All curettage treatments can be performed under local anaesthetic. The more advanced stage of the pregnancy, the more we will recommend sedation. In that case, you will sleep a little. If you indicate in advance that you want sedation. Clients must remove their lenses if sedation forms part of the treatment.
Early termination (period laid down by law)
When is the treatment referred to as an early termination? A treatment is referred to (by law) as an early termination if you have been pregnant for shorter than 6 weeks and 2 days. No reference or period of reflection is required by law up to and including 6w2d. The said early treatment can consist of a suction curettage or the abortion pill.