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Abortion in Singapore

Abortion service has been legal in Singapore since 1969

Singapore Abortion

Abortion is a procedure that ends a pregnancy, and is also known as a termination of pregnancy.

Abortion services in Singapore are legal and effective, especially when in experienced and accredited hands. When done by a qualified medical professional, abortion surgery is safe and predictable with minimal discomfort. An accredited abortion clinic should be properly equipped and staffed so as to provide quality care to women before, during and after the procedure.

Medical abortion in Singapore can only be used in early pregnancies up to around 10 weeks; whereas a surgical abortion can be used for early to more advanced pregnancies. At an abortion centre, surgical abortions are done through either vacuum aspiration or dilation and evacuation.

There is a mandatory counselling and cooling-off period for every pregnant woman who opts to have an abortion in Singapore. After seeing an abortion doctor and counsellor, the patient must wait at least 48 hours before choosing to proceed with the abortion.

Parental Consent

Parental consent is not required under the Singapore Abortion Act unless the pregnant woman is not of sound mind and body. However, the Act requires that the woman undergoes counseling by a certified abortion counselor at an MOH-accredited abortion clinic and watch a video clip on the subject.

Girls under 16 years old

Counseling at Health Promotion Board is required, and a certificate of attendance is to be obtained before abortion can be carried out at an approved clinic providing abortions services. Parental consent is not required.

Less than 14 years

It is an offence (known as statutory rape) for any male to have sexual intercourse with a woman under 14 years of age. So if you are below 14 years there will be no medical confidentiality to protect you from being reported to the police and to your parents.

Legal Limit for Termination of Pregnancy

The legal limit for abortion in Singapore isup to 24 weeks gestation.

Abortion for Foreigners

Foreigners may have abortion performed in Singapore if ANY ONE of the following conditions are met:

  • they have a valid work pass issued by Ministry of Manpower (WP/S/EP); or
  • they have stayed in Singapore for more than 4 consecutive months prior to the date of abortion; or
  • they are married to a Singapore citizen;or
  • they are married to a Singapore PR AND have stayed in Singapore for more than 4 consecutive months

These restrictions do not apply to foreigners who require evacuation for miscarriage, but the age of legal consent (21 and above) will apply in this scenario.

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