For as long as there have been restrictive abortion laws, there have been people travelling abroad to get the healthcare they need. These women and pregnant 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.
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.
ASN supports people resident in the Republic of Ireland, Malta, Gibraltar, and Poland (through the Abortion Without Borders initiative) who seek abortions abroad. We occasionally hear from clients in the Channel Islands, where provision is more limited than in Britain. We still also hear from people in Northern Ireland, which has had changes to how and where women could access abortions over the past few years but where provision is spotty at best, and from the Isle of Man, which has had access to legal abortion since 2019. We also provide support on a case-by-case basis to people contacting us from other parts of Europe and provide information as is possible to those who contact us from around the globe.
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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