Coronavirus update: Abortion Support Network is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation. As long as borders and clinics remain open, we will help those who are able to safely travel access abortions abroad. We will also provide information on safe abortion pills for home use where appropriate. If you need an abortion, please get in touch and we will help you as much as we are able. Coronavirus is simply YET ANOTHER obstacle faced by people living in countries with inadequate provision of abortion services.

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Get Help – I’m in the Republic of Ireland

As of 1 January 2019, abortion is legal in the Republic of Ireland, on request up to 12 weeks, and beyond in certain circumstances. You can call the My Options freephone helpline 24/7: 1800 828 010 

There’s also information available on the  My Options website, and from the  Irish Family Planning Association. If you find you are not able to access an abortion in Ireland, we are still here to help you, and the rest of this page explains what to do next. If you are under 12 weeks and unable to access an abortion via My Options or the Irish Health Service, or if you are over 12 weeks, we can help you.

Help Abortion Support Network may be able to offer:

  • Clinic recommendations
  • Information about the least expensive way to arrange your travel and procedure
  • Funding
  • Help finding accommodation
  • Information about
  • Advice in English, Maltese, or other languages

Please call, email or text us to get more information, or discuss your circumstances. Please leave your contact number and one of our volunteers will respond within one to two days.

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What happens when you contact us

  • Usually you will leave a voicemail or send an email. An ASN volunteer will  call/email you back. Please leave a voicemail with your contact number, if we do not answer the phone.
  • ASN will assess your needs and provide confidential, non-judgmental information and advice on the least expensive method of abortion and travel.
  • If a grant is awarded, ASN pays the clinic directly, reducing the amount you pay
  • Usually you will arrange your own procedure, and ASN can help you find the least expensive, most convenient way to travel.
  • ASN can advise on the least expensive and least complicated method of travel. Travel funding is available on a case by case basis. Please do not book travel until you have spoken with ASN.
  • If you require an overnight stay, ASN will arrange for you to stay in a volunteer home (not during pandemics) or help with arranging affordable accommodation near clinics and hospitals.

Advice before you call us

  • If you are under 12 weeks pregnant, please check with My Options (1800 828 010) or the ifpa (1850 49 50 51) to see if you are eligible for free care in Ireland before you contact us.
  • Please call us before you’ve booked your travel to England, especially if you need financial assistance. We can help you arrange the most cost efficient travel and abortion, which helps make sure our funds can help the largest number of people.
  • If we support you financially, we will need some information from you. Your communication with ASN is non-judgmental and we will not share any of your details other than if we need to arrange funding with a clinic.
  • ASN volunteers are not healthcare professionals or doctors so we are not able to give medical information or help you make your decision. There are reputable organisations that offer these services on our list of  other organisations who may be able to help.
  • We will do our best to return all voicemails, texts and emails within two days. Our helpline is staffed by volunteers. Please leave a message with your phone number, or email [email protected]
  • We can provide information about reputable providers of early medical abortion pills by post. If you are considering ordering abortion pills online, please read this first.
  • ASN does not ask clients how they got pregnant or why they want abortions. Our only criteria is financial need and how much funding we have available.

About the help we offer

ASN is here to help lessen the financial burden of travelling abroad to get a safe abortion. Funding is available on a case-by-case basis, depending on your circumstances and availability of funds. Our funds are not unlimited but we try and help as many people as we can. We expect people to arrange the least expensive method of abortion and travel where possible. If a grant is awarded, ASN pays the clinic directly, reducing the amount you pay. Usually you will arrange your own procedure, and ASN can help you find the least expensive, most convenient way to travel.

In addition to financial help, we can provide recommendations on clinics and hospitals, as well as any information you might need, including required travel documents, and Covid regulations.  If you have a question about getting from point A to an abortion clinic, we probably have the answer.

Accommodation

If you need accommodation, ASN will help you arrange affordable accommodation near the clinic or hospital.

You can also find more information about our services in the Republic Ireland in our RoI FAQ.

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Web

If you think someone is monitoring your internet usage, your safest option is to access the internet from a neutral place such as a friend’s house, your work, an internet cafe or local library.

If you don’t want anyone to know that you have visited this (or any) website, you can delete your browser web history or use Private Browsing mode, which does not store any web history. You may also want to delete your search history from Google, or use DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you.

Be aware that the owner or administrator of the computer may still be able to monitor websites you visit.

Email

If you wanIf you want to email us without leaving a copy in your Sent folder, use the form on our Contact Us page. Please make sure to include your email and/or phone number so we can return contact.

Phone

If you have an itemised bill the phone number will show, but not the name of our organisation. If you need to hide the fact that you’ve called one of our numbers, then consider using an international calling service or a calling card.