faq

Do I need a doctor’s referral to book an appointment?
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. You can make the appointment at your convenience and at your request.

Do I need my parent’s or my partner’s permission?
No, you do not need parental and partner permission to book an appointment or to have an abortion.

Is there a waiting period before I can have my procedure?
No, in Canada abortion is available upon request. There are no regulatory waiting times in place to prevent or restrict access to abortion services.

Do I have to pay for the procedure myself or is it covered under my health plan?
The Toronto and Ottawa Morgentaler clinics are licensed and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, and therefore your valid Ontario Health (OHIP) card fully covers you for this service. Other plans that cover this service include:

  • University Health Insurance Plans (UHIP)
  • Interim Federal Health (IFH)
  • Canadian Military Insurance (DND)

Please bring any supplementary insurance cards you may have, such as Ontario Works, O.D.S.P., Native Status, or any private insurance plan.

If you live in a province other than Ontario, your provincial health care insurance should cover you for services in your area. Currently the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick do not honour the Canada Health Act (CHA) and do not cover services performed in facilities other than hospital under their provincial health care plans.

For out-of-province patients (women who live in one province but are seeking abortion services in another province, for whatever reason) there may be fees associated with this service, due to provincial billing guidelines.

If you do not have any health insurance or are unsure of your coverage, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options and what resources may be available to you.

Is the procedure going to hurt?
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and IV sedation and lasts approximately 5 minutes in duration. Most patients experience mild discomfort and cramping, similar to menstrual cramps.

While pain tolerance varies depending on the person, we do our best to minimize your discomfort and will adjust medication dosages should you require.

Will I be able to have children after an abortion?
What if I have had more than one abortion? Current research shows that having an abortion will not interfere or affect your ability to have children in the future. Abortions performed in a safe and competent manner with no complications have no affect or bearing on your future fertility.

There is no research or statistical data to support the belief that having more than one abortion will damage or affect fertility. In fact, 1st trimester abortions are very low risk procedures and have one of the lowest surgical complication rates of all surgeries performed in Canada.

Statistics Canada reports that in 1995, less than 1% of abortions in Canada resulted in any complication at all. The earlier the abortion, the lower the chance of any complication.

Is it possible to get pregnant after an abortion procedure?
Yes. If you do not practice safe sex you absolutely can get pregnant, whether you have had an abortion or not.

As part of our abortion aftercare guidelines we highly recommend that you refrain from sexual intercourse until you have had your post abortion check-up. However, if you do choose to engage in intercourse, we encourage you to practice safe sex by using the birth control method of your choice, and of course condoms. Condoms are the only way to prevent STIs.

An abortion procedure does not prevent future pregnancies.

What is the Morning After Pill / Emergency Contraceptive / Plan B®?
These are all names for the same thing; emergency contraception. Emergency contraception can be used in the following situations:

  • When you’ve had sex without a contraceptive
  • The condom broke, tore, slipped or was misused
  • You forgot to take two consecutive birth control pills
  • Your diaphragm dislodged or was removed too early
  • You miscalculated your fertile period when using the “rhythm method”
  • In case of sexual assault

Emergency contraception significantly reduces the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex or when your contraceptive fails, if taken within 24 – 72 hours after unprotected sex. However, emergency contraceptives are more effective when taken within the first 24 hours with a 95% success rate. The longer you delay taking an emergency contraceptive, the less effective it will be.

Please know that emergency contraception is not a replacement for your regular form of birth control, it does not provide long-term protection against future pregnancies, nor does it protect you against sexual transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS.

If you already have a confirmed pregnancy, emergency contraception is not an option for you.

Emergency contraception is now available without a prescription at your local pharmacy and you can be assured of total confidentiality.

Will anyone find out I had an abortion?
Your visit to our clinic is completely private and confidential. We are bound by the Ontario Privacy Act and all regulations governing patient confidentiality. We respect your right to discreet abortion care services.

Can I bring someone with me?
Yes, you are allowed to bring one escort with you into our facility. That person will be required to show photo identification. However, due to safety and privacy protocols that person will not be able to accompany you into the medical area.

How long will the appointment take?
Generally the appointment process takes approximately 2-3 hours, with the actual abortion procedure taking approximately 5 minutes.

If your pregnancy is more advanced, the appointment process may be spread over 2 days.

When you book your appointment, the intake counselors will advise you of the length of your visit to our clinic.

How should I get to the clinic?
Our patients cannot drive to or from the clinic. If you arrive at the clinic and have driven, you will be rebooked automatically, even if you have a driver coming later.

There are NO exceptions to this rule as it is for your own health and safety that we must enforce the no driving policy. This policy is in effect for both one and two day appointments.

Will there be protestors? Will I be safe?
The Morgentaler Clinics have extensive security systems and a court order protects your privacy and prohibits demonstrators.

What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring photo identification, your provincial health card, a long nightshirt or gown that falls to at least your knees and a warm pair of socks. Please bring any supplementary insurance cards you may have, such as Ontario Works, O.D.S.P., Native Status, or any private insurance plan.

What shouldn’t I bring to my appointment?
Electronic devices i.e. computers, PDA’s, cell phones, mp3 or audio players, etc. These devices will not be allowed into the clinic for your privacy and safety.

We would also ask that you not bring any large or oversized bags into the clinic.