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Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a number of answers in their respective categories to the most asked questions on abortion.


This is a lot of information to take in. Here is a summary of the options and timings involved:

Abortion method


Method/ Name

Other details

Medical /
abortion pills

0-10+ weeks

(1st Trimester)

Two types of pills:

  • Mifepristone (one tablet)
  • Misoprostol (four to eight tablets)
  • Mifepristone (also known as Mifegynae, Mifeprex, or RU-486)
  • Misoprostol (also known as Cytotec or Misodel)


5 - 14+ weeks

(1st Trimester)

Pills + anaesthetic + suction
(vacuum aspiration)


  Also known as:

  • Suction or
  • Aspiration D&C (Dilation & Curettage)


14 - 22 weeks

(2nd Trimester)

Pills + anaesthetic + suction
(dilation and evacuation (D&E))

  Uses forceps and suction


23+ weeks

(3rd Trimester)

Pills + anaesthetic + lethal injection +
Induced/ Labour Induction + D&E

  Uses lethal injection and induced labour
  (plus D&E if required)