Abortion Clinics in BC

There are two types of abortion available in BC: aspiration (sometimes called surgical abortion) and medication (sometimes called medical abortion or the abortion pill). We encourage you to look at some information about the differences between the two before booking an appointment. Some things might surprise you! You can find more information here on our abortion factsheet.

In BC, someone can access an abortion through abortion clinics and some general practitioners, nurse practitioners, gynecologists, and hospitals:

  • With abortion clinics, a doctor’s referral is not required. Someone who has had a positive pregnancy test 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 about one and three weeks**.
    • *some clinics are offering/working on no-touch protocols for medication abortions, and this is determined by the individual clinic
    • **the wait time for abortion services may be longer during COVID-19
  • With other kinds of abortion providers, a doctor’s referral may be required. If you do not have a prochoice doctor, an Options for Sexual Health clinic may be help you with a referral. You can see Options for Sexual Health clinics near you here.

Below are some of the abortion clinics in BC. If a clinic is not listed in your area, Sex Sense may know of abortion providers near you. They maintain a list of local providers in over 35 communities in BC and the Yukon. Please contact them at 1-800-739-7367 (toll free), 604-731-7803, or at www.sexsense.org  for more information.

If you are outside of BC and the Yukon, you can find abortion providers through the following services:

  • The Choice Connect App: https://choiceconnect.ca/
  • The National Abortion Federation (NAF) has an online “Find a Provider Service” that includes clinics in Canada, the US, Mexico, Columbia and some internationally that you can find at www.prochoice.org. They also have a hotline that you can reach at 1-877-257-0012.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the services being offered at clinics may vary. Please contact them directly for more information.

Vancouver

Everywoman’s Health Centre:

604-322-6692
www.ewhc.ca

  • Aspriation abortions up to 13 weeks 6 days
  • Medication abortions with Mifegymiso up to 9 weeks 6 days
  • Miscarriage management for early pregnancy loss
  • Decision-making counselling and post-abortion counselling available for free in person or over the phone
  • For a comparison of aspiration and medical abortion please see: https://everywomanshealthcentre.ca/abortion-methods/
  • Please note: this clinic has very busy phone lines. Please call at a time when you can wait on hold for an hour or more.

Elizabeth Bagshaw Clinic:

1-877-736-7171
https://bagshawclinic.ca/

  • Aspiration abortions up to 17 weeks 6 days
  • Medication abortions with Mifegymiso up to 9 weeks 6 days
  • Decision-making counselling and post-abortion counselling available for free in person or over the phone
  • For a comparison of aspiration and medical abortion please see: https://bagshawclinic.ca/abortion-procedures/
  • Please note: this clinic has very busy phone lines. Please call at a time when you can wait on hold for an hour or more.

Willow Clinic:

604-874-9897 (info line – must listen before making an appointment); 604-709-5611 (appointment line)
www.willowclinic.ca

CARE Program, BC Women’s Hospital:

604-875-2022 or at toll-free 1-888-300-3088 local 2022
http://www.bcwomens.ca/our-services/gynecology/abortion-contraception

  • Surgical abortion procedures up to 24 weeks
  • Decision-making counselling and post-abortion counselling available for free in person or over the phone.
  • The Pregnancy Options Service (POS) through the CARE Program provides confidential counselling, information and can assist with arrangements if someone needs to travel away from home for abortion services. You can reach them at 1-888-875-3163 (toll-free), 604-875-3163 or pos@cw.bc.ca
  • Please note: this clinic has very busy phone lines. Please call at a time when you can wait on hold for an hour or more.

Vancouver Island

Victoria

Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic:

250-480-7338
www.viwomensclinic.ca

  • Medication abortions with Mifegymiso up to 10 weeks
  • Aspiration abortions up to 23 weeks

Nanaimo

Women’s Vita Medical Clinic:

250-591-9812
https://www.womensvita.ca/medical-first-trimester-abortions

  • Medication abortions with Mifegymiso up to 9 weeks

Kelowna

Women’s Services Clinic, Kelowna General Hospital:

250-980-1399

  • Aspiration abortions up to 12 weeks

Kootenays

East Kootenay Women’s Services Clinic, Cranbrook:

250-919-8154

  • Aspiration abortions up to 12 weeks
  • Medication abortions with Mifegymiso up to 9 weeks

West Kootenay Family Planning Services, Nelson:

250-505-3885

  • Medication abortions with Mifegymiso up to 10 weeks
  • Aspiration abortions up to 11 weeks 6 days
  • Miscarriage management for early pregnancy loss

Northern BC

Terrace

Women’s Wellness Clinic

250-635-2229 (phone)
250-635-2262 (fax)

  • Medication abortions with Mifegymiso up to 10 weeks
  • Doctor or self-referrals
  • Women’s Wellness Clinic can also insert Copper IUDs for emergency contraception; patients will need to bring the Copper IUD with them to the appointment (note: if unable to get prescribed, the clinic can send a prescription to a pharmacy for the patient)

Options for Sexual Health makes every effort to keep this resource up-to-date. However, we recommend contacting Sex Sense at 1-800-739-7367, 604-731-7803, or www.sexsense.org to get the most current and complete information. If a clinic is not listed in your area, Sex Sense may know of abortion providers near you.

Caution

Some groups opposed to abortion offer pregnancy counselling using misleading language to make you think you will get accurate information on all your choices and rights. Their purpose is to talk you out of the option of abortion, and to do so they may use false information about the effects of abortion, ignore your rights, and apply religious pressure. Such groups include Birthright, Pregnancy Options Society (formerly known as the Crisis Pregnancy Centre), Hope for Women, and Pro Life BC, which is using an “OptionsBC” web site to disguise its agenda.

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