Where Can I Get an Abortion in BC?

In BC, someone can access an abortion through abortion clinics, some general practitioners, and some hospitals.

Abortion Clinics in BC

There are eight abortion clinics in BC: four in the Lower Mainland, one each in Victoria and Kelowna, and two in the Kootenays. Each of them offers pre- and post-abortion counselling and can help someone make the best decision for themselves. A doctor's referral is not required – someone who needs to access an abortion appointment can just call to make an appointment. They may be required to have an ultrasound, which the clinic can either do or arrange for them to have one done. Waiting time for a clinic abortion may vary between one and three weeks.

The decision of whether the abortion can be performed in a clinic depends on someone’s medical history, a physical exam, lab tests, and the stage of the pregnancy. Most clinics will perform abortions up to 14 weeks. If the abortion cannot be performed in a clinic, it may be possible in a hospital (with a referral from a doctor).

Vancouver

Everywoman's Health Centre: 604-322-6692

Elizabeth Bagshaw Women's Clinic: 1-877-736-7171

C.A.R.E. Program, BC Women's Hospital: 604-875-2022 or toll-free at 1-888-300-3088 local 2022

Willow Women's Clinic: (info line) 604-874-9897; (appointment line) 604-709-5611

  • www.willowclinic.ca
  • Medical abortion with Mifegymiso up to 10 weeks. The cost is $325 (covered by some extended medical plans)
  • Medical abortions up to 7 weeks, using methotrexate injection and misoprostol. The cost is $100
  • Medical abortions at a distance are available
  • For more information and a comparison of medical abortion with Mifegymiso versus Methotrexate: http://www.willowclinic.ca/?page_id=11

Victoria

Vancouver Island Abortion Services: 250-480-7338

  • www.viwomensclinic.ca
  • Medical abortions with Mifegymiso up to 7 weeks. The cost is approximately $325 (covered by some extended medical plans)
  • Medical abortions up to 7 weeks (in office), using methotrexate and misoprostol. The cost is approximately $80-100
  • Surgical abortions up to 20 weeks, using general anesthesia at Victoria General Hospital or using local anesthetic at the clinic)

Kelowna

Women's Services Clinic, Kelowna General Hospital: 250-980-1399

  • Surgical abortions up to 12 weeks (an ultrasound will be arranged by the clinic if needed)

Kootenays

East Kootenay Women’s Services Clinic, Cranbrook: 250-919-8154

  • Surgical abortions up to 12 weeks using local anesthetic and conscious sedation in office

Kootenay Boundary Regional Women's Services Clinic, Trail: 250-362-7729

  • Surgical abortions up to 12 weeks using local anesthetic and conscious sedation in office
  • Note: Clinics can perform surgical abortions as early as 5-6 weeks gestation.

Hospitals in BC that Perform Abortions

If it is not possible to go to one of the clinics listed above, or if someone prefers to be under general anesthesia (to be asleep), they must obtain a referral to a doctor who performs abortions in a local hospital.

If someone’s own doctor will not refer them, or if they do not want to go to their family doctor, they call the Pregnancy Options Line at 1-888-875-3163 (604-875-3163 in the Lower Mainland) to obtain a referral and/or more information. Often, doctors can perform tubal ligation at the same time, with a prior referral.

There are many hospitals in BC that are specially designated (required) by the provincial government to perform abortions, although other hospitals often perform them, too. To find a hospital in your area that performs abortions, please call the Pregnancy Options Line.

More information on abortion 

Opt makes every effort to keep this resource up-to-date. However, the information is prone to change and we advise calling either the Sex Sense Line at 1-800-SEX-SENSE (1-800-739-7367) or the Pregnancy Options Line at 1-888-875-3163 to get the most recent information.

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Revised June 2017