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September eBulletin

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Fabulous funders – Give us your Gift Aid!

ASN has now registered for Gift Aid and asks all donors past and present to register  to make donations go 25% further. ASN made the news a few more times – print, online and radio. September and October bring many opportunities for pro-choice activism in the UK and Ireland. Women we’ve helped this month. And ASN asks you to spread the word as well as help us prepare for a non-event.

  • Give us your Gift Aid!
  • ASN in the news
  • Opportunities for pro-choice activism
  • Women we’ve helped
  • Help spread the word
  • Get ready for the non-event!

Give us your Gift Aid!

If you are a UK taxpayer, ASN can reclaim 25p for every £1 you have donated since May 2011 at no extra cost to you. Put another way, registering for Gift Aid automatically increases your donation by 25%. If you have donated to ASN since May 2011, or plan to someday donate to ASN, please register for gift aid so that your donation can go even further to help the women we serve.

ASN’s Gift Aid registration page  gives you the option of filling in your details online or downloading a form that you can post in to us. Thank you in advance for helping your donation go further!

ASN in the news

3 August 2012 – KFM Radio’s Kildare Today. ASN’s Mara Clarke is asked about women who terminate as the result of rape.

27 August – Womens eNews “Catholic Ireland Awaits Report on its Abortion Law”. Also picked up by!

28 August – Daily Mirror “I couldn’t afford to be a mum”. Student’s tearful decision to have an abortion despite wanting kids” [Story not available online]

29 August – XOJane  “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Have Children. Talking about the need for abortion rights in Ireland.”

Opportunities for pro-choice activism

There are a number of events happening around the world on and around 28 September, including meetings and actions in Belfast, Dublin, Derry, Cork and London. ASN representatives will be at many of them, and we hope to see you there! For more information about the global campaign, go here.

A few of the events:

27th Sept. Public meeting in Central Library, Foyle St, Derry at 7.00pm

28 September – Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

28th Sept. Street activity planned in Derry followed by an evening public meeting in Belfast, location TBD.

29th Sept. March for Choice in Dublin, 2 pm. See here for more info’.

1st Oct. Voice for Choice public meeting – “Taking abortion out of the criminal law”. Find out more and reserve your free place here

6th Oct. Pro choice street action planned in Belfast’s Corn Market. Take a look here for further details.

Women we’ve heard from

A young woman who decided that she would be unable to care and look after a baby herself. She explained that “I have a part time job, however I am not in the financial position to support my decision.”

A mother of two, including a disabled child, who became pregnant despite using contraception.

A mother of three with severe depression and anxiety. Deeply distressed to find herself pregnant again, in her email to us she said; “continuing with this pregnancy is not an option”.

A woman who had been able to find the money for her flights but needed help financing the procedure because she had no one she could turn to for help but ASN.

To share a note of thanks from the sister of a woman we supported;

“I was pro life until I found out my younger sister was pregnant which has changed everything for me. I never realised what it might mean for someone not to be ready to have a kid and I am immensely grateful to you for your support. I want to go out into the street and scream with relief!”

We thank these women for allowing us to share their stories.

Help spread the word

This month, we’re not going to ask you for donations. Instead, we’d like to ask you to use the ‘Forward to a Friend’ link at the bottom of this eBulletin to send  it to three friends (or 1, or 5 or 10) and encourage them to sign up to learn more about ASN’s work. How easy is that?

Get ready for the non-event!

October is coming up, which means it will soon be the third anniversary of when ASN opened our doors. This year, we’d like to invite you all NOT to come to our 3rd birthday party. Intrigued? More details to follow . . .


Thank you again for all your support. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to provide financial assistance, accommodation and confidential, non-judgemental information to the women in difficult circumstances who have contacted us.