The full spectrum of reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception/birth control, is legal and available in Massachusetts. BMC is here for all your healthcare needs and patients are able to safely and legally access both contraception/birth control and abortion here at BMC and in other clinics in the state.

Learn more about our commitment to reproductive health care here

If you have questions, please ask your health care provider by calling 617.414.2000. You can also always send your doctor non-urgent medical questions through MyChart.

Our providers are specially trained in providing confidential, safe, and respectful care for people ending pregnancies through the second trimester. The decision is not always easy, and our staff cares about respecting each individual’s circumstances for making this choice.

The BEACON caregivers’ approach to abortion is patient-centered. Services are provided in the OBGYN clinic, in a safe space with a committed team, focused on the patient’s experience and safety. Our caregivers specialize in women with complex medical and social histories, including multiple cesarean sections, cardiac histories, polysubstance use, sickle cell disease, cancer, and many other medical problems.

Clinic Location

850 Harrison Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118

Our abortion services include

  • Medication abortion through 10 weeks gestation
  • Surgical abortion through the second trimester
  • Referral within BMC for labor induction abortion
  • Pregnancy options counseling 
  • Social work and counseling referrals

Frequently asked questions about abortion

What kind of anesthesia do you offer for the procedure?

We offer a range of anesthesia, including local anesthesia, moderate sedation (like a twilight sleep), or deeper sedation, available in our individual procedure unit.

What do I need to do the day of my procedure if I want anesthesia?

Please remember to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of your surgical abortion. You also need to bring an escort with you who is over 18 years old and will wait for you to be done. We will not share anything about your visit with your escort.

I’m under 18, can I have an abortion?

You can have an abortion if you are under the age of 18. Please call us to talk with our program coordinator who can help you navigate your appointment. 

Can I have my counseling and my abortion on the same day?

Yes, but it depends on how far along in the pregnancy you are. Women in the second trimester, over 14 weeks, often need two separate visits. Please call us so we can talk with you about the process.

I have a complicated medical history, can I still get an abortion at Boston Medical Center?

Yes. We specialize in care for women with complex medical histories, both medically and socially. We are here to help.