Don't panic there are many ways we can make sure you get a free, safe and legal abortion, have a look at all of the topics below and the list of organisations at the end, someone will be able to get you the healthcare you need. The below information is accurate for people living in Northern Ireland as of 2019.
If you can travel please contact BPAS and they will book you an appointment. You will not need to pay for any of the treatment and if you earn less that £16K or are in receipt of any benefits they can also help you with travel.
Women from Northern Ireland (NI) can now access free abortion care in England. BPAS operates the booking system for NI women requiring treatment.
Telephone the number below to make an appointment with a funded UK abortion provider (BPAS, MSI and NUPAS). You will be offered the most appropriate appointment based on your needs.
To qualify for free care you must:
1. reside in NI (with a BT postcode), and
2. be registered with a NI GP (with a BT postcode).
You must supply the above detail to receive funded treatment (we will not contact your GP unless you say we can).
Please mention when booking if it is difficult for you to fund the cost of your travel and accommodation. You will be asked to complete this declaration and we will assess whether you are eligible for help with your expenses.
There are many reasons why some people cannot travel for abortion services and all of these are valid. Don't worry there are still ways to access the help you need. Women Help Women and Women on Web are the only two services we recommend for accessing the abortion pill online as they offer a consultation with support. If you need to access emergency healthcare as you are unsure about bleeding please do not disclose that you have self-administered pills; they are still illegal for this purpose in NI and medical staff are obliged to report you if they find out. SAY YOU ARE HAVING A MISCARRIAGE. If you need legal help please call us on 07894063965,
Fill in the online consultation. It takes about 10 minutes. You will be asked questions about your health to understand whether the Medical Abortion is safe for you. If it is not, this will be immediately communicated to you in the questionnaire. In addition to a medical abortion you can request contraceptives.
Provide your complete, correct address for the shipment.
We will ask you to contribute to a non-profit fund. We suggest a contribution of 75 Euro, but please give more if you can. Your contribution makes sure that this service can survive, and women contacting us in the future can get help too. Your contribution also supports activist projects worldwide that fight for women’s rights, bring information and access.
A discrete package will be sent as soon as possible. Delivery times can vary greatly depending upon your location. Delivery can take from less than 5 days to more than 2 weeks, depending on where you live. Once your consultation is complete, you will be informed about delivery time for your location. You can finish the consultation and write to us to make sure the delivery times are acceptable for your situation. Faster shipping is not possible.
You will receive shipping updates and answers to any questions you may have by email. Our online team is ALWAYS there to support you and want to keep in touch with you. Email us at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply as quickly as we can.
IMPORTANT: If you write to us and do not receive a response, or never receive any email after the consultation, please check your SPAM or junkmail box, since sometimes emails are filtered there. This seems to happen most often with Hotmail or Outlook accounts. If you expect an email or response and don´t get it, please write to us, and provide another email address or a telephone number so that we can contact you.
This website refers you to licensed doctor who can provide you with abortion pills. After you complete the following online consultation and if there are no contraindications, the medical abortion (with the pills mifepristone and misoprostol) will be delivered to you by post. A medical abortion can be done safely at home as long as you have good information and have access to emergency medical care in the rare case that there are complications.
The doctor can only help you if :
you live in a country where access to safe abortion is restricted
you are less than 10 weeks pregnant
you have no severe illnesses
Before starting the consultation, do a pregnancy test and an ultrasound, if possible. The consultation consists of around 25 questions. All information will remain confidential.
At the end of the consultation you will be asked to make a donation of at least 90, 80 or 70 euro, depending on the country where you live and your economic circumstances (click here). If you are in a very difficult economic situation, let us know. Please give as much as you can to help other women who are in a similar situation as you but cannot afford to donate anything.
For more information about medical abortion please look under Questions and Answers. To know who we are, please look under About Women on Web.
If you have any questions send an email to Women on Web (email@example.com)
If possible, please do the consultation in your native language.
Information from: https://www2.hse.ie/abortion/
***IMPORTANT*** we do not yet have a clear picture of costs but will range from €120 to €450 to start then possible extra if you need ultrasounds, plus travel x 2.
When an abortion can be carried out
You can have an abortion if your pregnancy is no more than 12 weeks.
12 weeks of pregnancy means 84 days since the first day of your last period.
After 12 weeks, you can only have an abortion in certain circumstances.
The earlier an abortion is carried out, the simpler and safer it will be.
Getting support early on will also give you more time to make a decision if you're unsure whether you want to have an abortion or not.
You can get free and confidential advice on all your options from My Options, a new HSE support service.
You can call My Options on 0035316877044.
Up to 9 weeks:
Ireland requires certification from 1 doctor and a 3 day waiting period from your "pre-abortion" appointment meaning 2 doctor's appointments.
Doctors appointments cost around £60 for NI people and the abortion itself (with pills) will be a nominal fee.
Up to 12 weeks:
Ireland requires certification from 1 doctor and a 3 day waiting period from your "pre-abortion" appointment then another visit to receive treatment, meaning 2 Dr payments.
Doctors appointments cost around £60 for NI people and the abortion itself will likely be surgical and may require a greater fee.
Post 12 weeks: please call the BPAS number 0333 234 2184
As Irish treatment post 12 weeks for NI abortion seekers will be prohibitively expensive.
You can have an abortion up to 12 weeks (84 days) of pregnancy. But you need to begin the process earlier than that. This is so a GP or doctor can certify that you are no more than 12 weeks pregnant. There must be at least 3 days between being certified and having the abortion procedure. This is the law. For example, if you are certified on a Monday, the earliest you can have an abortion is Thursday. Or if you are certified on a Wednesday, the earliest you can have an abortion is Saturday.
You need to get 'certification' from a GP or doctor before you have an abortion. This is the law.
A GP or doctor needs to certify that you will be no more than 12 weeks pregnant at the time of the abortion. They will do this check during your pre-abortion consultation.
You should have this consultation to get certified as early as you can. This is because there may be a delay in certifying that you are no more than 12 weeks pregnant. This delay can happen if your GP or doctor needs to refer you for an ultrasound scan.
You should also keep in mind that there may be delays in getting an appointment with your GP or doctor. They may not be able to see you at short notice. This could delay an abortion.
After 12 weeks, you can only have an abortion in exceptional circumstances.
These are when continuing the pregnancy:
puts your life at risk
risks serious harm to your health
is likely to lead to the death of the foetus either before or within 28 days of birth because of a problem with its development
Abortion Support Network provides financial assistance and accommodation to women* travelling from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Funding is available on a case by case basis depending on financial need and availability of funding. Please contact us before booking travel as we can also advise on the least expensive clinics and methods of travel.
We also provide confidential, non-judgmental information to anyone who contacts us via phone or email who is seeking information about travelling to England* for an abortion, as well as information about reputable providers of early medical abortion pills by post. If you are considering ordering abortion pills online, please read this first.
Family Planning Association Northern Ireland
If you're pregnant and not sure what you want to do and you live in Northern Ireland, FPA can offer:
non-judgemental and non-directive counselling
information on all your options to help you decide what to do.
Call 0345 122 8687
The FPA pregnancy choices counselling service is the only impartial, non-judgemental and non-directive service available in Northern Ireland.
The service is completely confidential.
Non-directive counselling means the counsellor has no opinion about what's best for you and is there to provide a confidential, non-judgemental and safe place for you to explore feelings around your pregnancy, and the options you feel are open to you.
Whether you're thinking about continuing with your pregnancy or considering abortion or adoption, the counsellor will take you through the practical aspects of each choice and provide helpful information.
For an appointment or to find out more call FPA in Northern Ireland on 0345 122 8687.
Abortion is legal in Northern Ireland but only in exceptional circumstances. Most women from Northern Ireland who decide to have an abortion travel to England.
Recent government changes mean that women no longer have to pay for the abortion procedure and women experiencing financial hardship are entitled to free travel, as well accommodation if necessary.
FPA counsellors in Northern Ireland can provide you with information about this during a non-directive counselling session. This information won't be given over the phone.
We also offer counselling for women who've had an abortion. Any woman who's had an abortion can use this service, regardless of her age, or where or when she had the abortion.
HSE Ireland: 0035316877044 - Information from: https://www2.hse.ie/abortion/
Women Help Women - https://consult.womenhelp.org/en/get-abortion-pills
Women on Web - https://www.womenonweb.org/en/i-need-an-abortion
Family Planning NI - 0345 122 8687 - https://www.fpa.org.uk/unplanned-pregnancy-and-abortion/unplanned-pregnancy-post-abortion-counselling-northern-ireland
Contact US - 07894063965 - firstname.lastname@example.org