Step by Step Guide

18 January 2022

Welcome to the IFPA’s abortion care page.

Abortion is a common and safe procedure used to end a pregnancy. In Ireland you can have an abortion for any pregnancy that is less than 12 weeks.  The decision is yours: you don’t have to explain your reasons to anyone when you access abortion care.

  • If you are less than 9 weeks pregnant, you can have an early medical abortion at the IFPA. This is sometimes called the abortion pill. You will need to have two consultations with a three-day wait in between them. This waiting period is required by law.
  • If you are between 9 and 12 weeks pregnant you can have your first consultation with the IFPA, and we can refer you to have a medical or surgical abortion in a hospital.

If you need a space to explore your feelings and any issues or concerns, you can make an appointment with one of our specialist pregnancy counsellors.


Abortion care is available through both of our clinics during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Most people will have their first abortion consultation by phone and will come into the clinic for their second consultation. You’ll find a Step-by-Step guide to how we are currently providing abortion care here.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19, are awaiting a test result, or are a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case, you should not come to the clinic.  In this case, both appointments with the doctor will be by phone. You can then nominate someone to collect your Home Care Pack.

Having an abortion at the IFPA

You do not need to be a previous client of the IFPA to book an appointment for abortion care specialist pregnancy counselling or post-abortion/post-decision counselling with us. Simply call your preferred clinic – Dublin City Centre or Tallaght – or call the appointment line 0818 49 50 51 and speak to one of our receptionists.


Abortion care is free if you live in the Republic of Ireland. We also provide specialist pregnancy counselling at no charge. This service is funded by the HSE.

Information leaflets

You can read or download information leaflets to show you how to take the abortion medication and help you understand what it is like to have an early medical abortion in EnglishRomanian, ChineseBrazilian PortugueseArabicFrenchPolish, or Urdu

During the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, our priority is to keep our clients and our staff safe and well by reducing contact to the absolute minimum. And we’re doing our best to ensure that the quality of care you receive is at the same standard as in normal times.