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Where Can I Get an Abortion in Montreal? How Should I Prepare?

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Abortion is a safe way to end a pregnancy. It is free and legal to get an abortion in Montreal and the rest of Canada. There are two different types of abortions: surgical and medical.

Abortion is typically free

In Montreal, it is free to have an abortion with a RAMQ health card, immigration certificate, or any other document which gives you health care in Quebec. RAMQ covers the cost of the abortion pill, as well as any other medication necessary to complete a medical abortion. If you have a healthcare card from another province or territory, you could need to pay upfront and get the money back later. If you don’t have any of these documents, you’ll most likely have to pay.

Will my parents find out if you get an abortion?

If you’re 14 or over, choosing to have an abortion is up to you. You need permission from your parent(s) or guardians(s) if you’re 13 or under. If you’re under 18 a clinic will tell your parent(s) or guardian(s) if you spend more than 12 hours in a clinic. But this isn’t likely when you have an abortion. Abortions are quick and low-risk procedures.

When can I get an abortion?

We’ve found clinics in Montreal that offer abortions up to 23 weeks. Under the Quebec health-care system, someone can travel to the United States to have an abortion after 24 weeks. Some clinics can charge RAMQ, so you may not have to pay and get reimbursed by the province. Organizations like hopeair.ca may also help with travel expenses. For more information, you can call Action Canada at 1-888-642-2725.

Preparing for an appointment

When you call to make an appointment, the clinic will usually ask for your name, telephone number, weight, date of your last menstrual period, and any existing allergies or health problems.

You can expect to spend 3-4 hours at the clinic. This usually includes an advisor explaining the procedure, the 15-30 minute procedure, and 2-4 hours in a resting area. When you arrive, they will usually ask you to fill out a medical file and do a pregnancy test.

You can go to your appointment alone, or bring a friend or partner with you. Different clinics have different rules for when other people can be with you. Most clinics require that you have someone come pick you up and take you home because of the anesthetic medication.

You cannot eat for 4 hours before the procedure. Make sure you bring your relevant I.D., or money to pay if you don’t have Quebec insurance.

Where to go for an abortion in Montreal:

You can text Sext-Ed with your location for the nearest abortion provider, or choose from the list of locations below. Most clinics can give either the abortion pill or a surgical abortion.

You can also contact the Centre des rendez-vous en avortement de Montréal (page available in French only) and they will help you make an appointment.

Clinic When you can get an Abortion Extra Information
Clinique Médicale de l’Alternative
2034 Rue St-Hubert 1-514-281-6476
The abortion pill up to 9 weeks after a missed period.

Surgical abortions up to 12 weeks after a missed period.

An independent clinic offering STI testing and abortions in a warm, respectful environment.

Throughout the procedure, there will be a surgeon, two nurses, and an orderly with you.

If someone comes with you, they can join you during the procedure and rest time. They cannot be with you during the pre-procedure advising.

Centre de Santé des Femmes de Montréal

3401 Avenue De Lorimier

1-514-270-6110

The abortion pill up to 9 weeks after a missed period.

Surgical Abortions up to 14.6 weeks after a missed period.

Their website is only in French, but their services are in both French and English.

If someone comes with you, they cannot be with you during the pre-procedure advising. Most doctors allow them to join you during the procedure.

The Montreal Morgentaler Clinic

1259 Rue Berri (Suite 900, 9th floor)

1-514-844-4844

The abortion pill up to 9 weeks after a missed period.

Surgical abortions up to 18 weeks after a missed period.

“The first freestanding clinic to offer safe abortion services in Canada.”

All doctors and nurses at the clinic are women.

You will need photo I.D. If someone comes with you you, they will need photo I.D. as well.

For medical abortions, you will need to make two appointments, including one for the actual procedure.

Clinique Médicale Fémina

1265 Rue Berri (Suite 430)

1-514-843-7904

The abortion pill up to 9 weeks after a missed period.

Surgical abortions up to 12 weeks after a missed period.

Offers gynecological services, birth control, STI testing, and abortion.

If someone comes with you, they can join you during the pre-procedure advising and rest time. They can’t be with you during the procedure.

For medical abortions, you will need to make two appointments, including one for the actual procedure.

CLSC des Faubourg – Sainte Catherine

1250 Sanguinet.

1-514-527‑2361

Surgical Abortions up to 23 weeks after a missed period.

Additional appointments for any after 18 weeks.

They offer a variety of services including STI testing, birth control, and abortions.

For an appointment for an abortion there, you can contact the Montreal Abortion Appointment Center at 514-380-8299

Is there a service for people to accompany me for an abortion appointment in Montreal?

While there’s no official service, Head & Hands is an awesome Montreal organization that can help you out with this. They can offer resources and accompaniment opportunities. To find out more about their services call 514-481-0277 and ask to speak to their Health Services Coordinator, Mylène.
You can reach Mylène during her call times (see below) and you could also try to contact her outside of those hours too.
Mondays: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesdays: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Thursdays: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

More info:

  • Clinique Médicale Fémina

    Clinique Médicale Fémina is a clinic offering gynecological services, birth control, STI testing, and abortion.

  • The Morgentaler Abortion Clinic

    “The Montreal Morgentaler Clinic is the first freestanding clinic to offer safe abortion services in Canada.” The clinic offers surgical abortions by appointment only and the procedure includes an exam, counselling, and ultrasound. Call to make an appointment in advance, and follow-up appointments are available when needed.

  • Clinique l’Alternative

    Clinique l’Alternative is an independent clinic that offers STI testing and abortions. They accept out of province people who pay upfront, but these costs can be reimbursed by your home province or state’s insurance.

  • Centre de santé des femmes de Montréal

    Community organization and women’s clinic with the goal of helping women take control of their reproductive health. They offer services, referrals and information on gynecological health, contraception, emergency contraception, accessible abortion, and workshops on sexual health issues. Their website only in French but services are offered in both French AND English)

    Gynecology and health clinic: 514 270-6110
    Abortion and morning after pill services: 514 270-6114
    Workshops: 514 270-6112

  • Head & Hands Health Services

    Head & Hands is a health clinic for youth ages 12-25 near the Vendome metro station. They offer free, anonymous STD testing, even if you’re not covered by RAMQ. Head & Hands also has a lot of other services, including medical check ups, getting contraception, transitioning, and more.

    They offer a walk-in clinic on most Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 4:45pm. Everyone who comes in for the clinic is given a name card and entered into a draw. At 5:00pm, they draw 10 names to decide who sees the doctor.

    They recommend bringing your Medicare card if you have it, but you can still see someone if you don’t have it.

  • All About Abortion – Scarleteen

    Scarleteen’s All About Abortion page gives details on what abortion is, how it happens, what it feels like, and how to take care of yourself after.

  • Portail santé mieux-être – Search for Abortion Clinics

    This database lets you search for an abortion clinic near you. The government of Quebec site gives a basic profile of each clinic, with its phone number, hours, and a link to its website.

  • Abortion (law in Canada) – Educaloi

    Details on the law in Canadian around abortion, including ages when parents don’t need to approve.

  • Montreal Abortion Appointment Centre

    You can call the Montreal Abortion Appointment Centre if you want your abortion done in a hospital or a CLSC. Hospitals and CLSCs can do abortions later in the pregnancy than most clinics. They can also do free abortions for people with a valid medicare card from another Canadian province (no need to pay upfront).

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