For many years, thousands have travelled from countries where they could not access abortion to countries where they could access abortion. These people have had to find the money to pay for their travel and for the procedure, usually as a private patient. Other costs are often incurred, including accommodation, childcare, travel documents and time off work.
While the situations in Ireland and Northern Ireland changed in 2018 and 2019, ASN will still hear from people who fall outside of legal provision (people in Ireland beyond 12 weeks’ gestation or who cannot access pre 12 week care, or those resident in Northern Ireland who for some reason can’t access care in England on the government scheme). In the Isle of Man there is no provision of abortion (although this will soon change), and in the Channel Islands provision is more limited than in Britain.
In February 2019, ASN also opened services to people resident in Malta and Gibraltar and, in December 2019, we expanded to Poland with our partner in the Abortion Without Borders initiative.
ASN is an abortion fund, which means we believe “I can’t afford an abortion” should not be the only reason someone becomes a parent. ASN is here to catch those who are unable to access an abortion in their country, and who do not have the financial resources to access one abroad.
Our clients tend to be those who are marginalised and at risk – those in and escaping abusive relationships, people with insecure immigration status, families with pregnancies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities, people who are poor. At ASN we do not ask our clients how they got pregnant or why they want abortions, as the rich do not need to justify themselves. Our only criteria is financial need and our availability of funds.
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