Abortion Support Network (ASN) is a charity that provides financial assistance, accommodation and confidential, non-judgmental information to women forced to travel from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man and pay privately for abortions in England or occasionally abroad. The cost of this ranges from £400 to £2000 depending on circumstance and stage of pregnancy. As of October 2017, we will only need to help those in Northern Ireland who fall through the cracks of a government scheme to cover the cost of abortions in England for clients who travel from NI (more details here).
ASN was founded with the understanding that making abortion against the law doesn’t stop abortion but only stops safe abortion. Or as we say as often as we can to anyone who will listen, making abortion against the law means that when faced with an unwanted pregnancy, women with money have options and women without money have babies, or do dangerous and desperate things.
ASN is not a campaigning or lobbying organisation. While other organisations campaign for much needed law reform, our volunteers work hard to provide immediate, practical support to women who are unable to access safe and legal abortion in their own countries. We believe that the laws in these countries should change, so that women don’t have to seek help from our organisation. In the meantime, we will do as much as we can to help as many women as possible.
The help we offer
See our Get Help page for more information on the help we offer our clients.
Our mission, vision and values
- A world where women* have the information and means to access safe, legal abortions wherever they live.
- To provide information, financial assistance and accommodation to women who may be forced to travel to England to access a safe, legal abortion.
- We believe that all women have the right to safe and legal abortions
- We believe in providing practical support to enable women to exercise this right
- We are compassionate and respectful of women and their decisions
* ASN does not ask gender when assessing financial eligibility, nor does gender influence funding.