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Abortion & Contraception

The CARE program provides services for women who are experiencing an unintended  pregnancy, or who require an abortion for genetic or medical reasons.
Abortion

We provide surgical abortions up to the 23rd week of pregnancy through the BC Women's Abortion Clinic (CARE Program).  For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact us.

The CARE Program provides surgical abortions using conscious (awake) sedation and local anesthesia for managing pain. Your clinic visit may take up to four hours. BC Women's does not provide medical abortions.

Information on: types of abortions, preparing for your appointment and aftercare.

Book by Phone
 
Phone: 604-875-2022 or 1-888-300-3088 ext. 2022 (toll free)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) 
  • Have your CareCard number available. If you do not have a CareCard or you are not from British Columbia, please inform the booking clerk.
  • Our phone lines are busy. Please be prepared to wait to speak to a booking clerk.
  • Booking your appointment will take 15 to 20 minutes.
  • You must make your appointment yourself. You will be asked questions about your personal and medical history, including this pregnancy.
  • You will need two pieces of identification to enter the clinic. One piece must be photo ID and the other, your BC CareCard. If you do not have ID please tell the clerk while you are booking your appointment.
Fees

Abortion procedures are covered through the Medical Services Plan of BC. If you are not sure of your coverage refer to http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/msp/.

If you do not have a BC CareCard, or outside of the Yukon, North West Territories, Alberta, or Nunavut, the cost can range between $500.00 and $650.00 for the abortion procedure.

In situations where additional preparation for the abortion is required there will be additional costs.

We accept Cash/Debit/Visa/Mastercard.

Confirming Your Appointment:
  • The booking clerk will give you a date and time to confirm your abortion appointment.
  • You must confirm your appointment as directed by the booking clerk or it will be cancelled automatically.
  • To confirm your appointment call: 604-875-2022 or 1-888-300-3088, ext.2022 (toll free). Press #1 and give your name and the date and time of your appointment.
  • You will not receive a return call from CARE confirming that we have received your confirmation.
Counselling

Counselling

We offer counselling advice and information either in person at our Clinic in Vancouver, or via our telephone counselling line.

Phone: 604-875-2022 or 1-888-300-3088 ext. 2022 (toll free)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) 

1. Counselling Services at CARE

We provide counselling services at our Clinic at BC Women's.

Our counsellor will provide you with all the information you may need to help you make a decision. The counsellor will explain the procedure and how to take care of yourself afterwards.

Our counsellor will review the consent form with you and answer any questions you may have before you sign it.

Counselling is also available is available to patients after their abortion or pregnancy loss.

2.  Pregnancy Options Service (POS)

Pregnancy Options Services (POS) is a province-wide toll-free confidential counselling, information and referral service.

We serve women who are pregnant and want confidential, unbiased, non-judgemental decision making and crisis counselling. We provides information about abortion, adoption, and parenting resources.

If  you choose to have an abortion, we will assist you to access services as close to home as possible. We can assist with arrangements in situations where you may need to travel away from home, or to the United States for abortion services. 

Contact: 1-888-875-3163 (toll-free), or 604-875-3163
Email: pos@cw.bc.ca

Contraception

We offer contraception counselling.

For some women having an abortion is their first opportunity to think about using a method of contraception (birth control). An unintended pregnancy can happen again within a few weeks after an abortion. The counsellor can provide both information and access to the method of contraception that you choose.

You can also learn about available contraceptive methods by visiting:

Emergency Contraception

If your method of contraception fails (for example if the condom breaks or slips off, or if you did not use any method when you had sexual intercourse), Emergency Contraception (EC) can reduce your risk of a pregnancy.

You can use EC up to 3 days (72 hours) after having unprotected sex, but the sooner you take the medication, the more effective it will be in preventing a pregnancy. EC does not work if you are already pregnant.

You can get Emergency Contraception from:

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