Northern Options for Women (NOW)

Making a Decision

Facing an unwanted or unintended pregnancy can feel overwhelming. It can be very challenging to sort through the options and the impact each choice would have. Every woman is in a unique situation, which makes the decision extremely personal. The important thing to remember is, you have options. Whether you choose an abortion, continuing the pregnancy to keep the baby, or continuing the pregnancy for adoption, we are here to help you navigate through this difficult decision.

You can also call Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights Access Line. The Access line is a confidential 24-hour Canada wide toll free number that provides information on reproductive and sexual health and referrals on pregnancy options.
There are two different types of abortion:

Medical abortion involves emptying the uterus using a drug instead of a surgical procedure. It can be performed up to 7 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period. It takes between 1 and 3 weeks to complete.


Surgical abortion uses a suction device to gently remove pregnancy tissue from the uterus. Surgical abortions are routinely provided in Yellowknife up to 14 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period, and sometimes available up to 20 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period, depending on doctor availability. Women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant, and occasionally women who are more than 14 weeks, are referred to a southern center for a surgical abortion. If you know you are more than 20 weeks pregnant (from your last menstrual period), you can call the National Abortion Federation at 1-877-257-0012. They will be able to tell you where you can go for an abortion, depending on how many weeks pregnant you are.
 
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