In May 2018, the Irish people voted to overturn the constitutional ban on abortion. The IFPA is committed to providing abortion care as soon as possible. In the mean time, we will continue to support women and girls who need to access abortion services.

Can I have an abortion in Ireland?

Right now, you can only have an abortion in Ireland if your life is at risk. It remains illegal in other circumstances until legislation is passed.

When will abortion be available in Ireland?

The new law is being prepared and the Minister for Health expects that abortion will become available in Ireland in early 2019.

Under the proposed law, abortion will be available on a woman’s request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. After 12 weeks, abortion will be available only in cases of risk to the life or health of the woman, or in cases of fatal foetal anomaly.

What do I do if I need an abortion now?

You will have to travel to another country. If you need information, contact us for free counselling. We can speak to you about all your options, and will support whatever decision you make. If you decide to terminate your pregnancy, we can give you information on clinics in the UK. By law you must make the appointment with the clinic yourself.

I can’t afford to travel. Can you help?

The IFPA cannot provide financial assistance to clients. We can put you in touch with an organisation that may be able to do so. Please make an appointment with one of our counsellors to discuss your options.

I can’t travel because I have asylum-seeker status. Is there anything I can do?

Please contact us and make an appointment with one of our counsellors. We can give guidance on how to make an application to the Department of Justice.

I’ve heard I can order pills online

There are websites that will send pills in exchange for a donation. Some websites are reliable but others may provide fake medication. Taking abortion pills is still illegal in Ireland. No one has ever been prosecuted in the Republic of Ireland but there have been prosecutions in Northern Ireland.

Abortion pills should be taken under the care of a doctor or nurse. The IFPA does not recommend taking them without medical supervision. If you do take pills at home, contact us for a free, confidential check-up.

What happens during an abortion?

There are two types of abortion, medical and surgical. A medical abortion involves taking pills to induce a miscarriage. A surgical abortion or instrument abortion is a procedure performed by a doctor. Visit the NHS website for more information on each type of abortion.

What do I do if I’m worried after an abortion?

You are entitled to free, confidential post-abortion care, no matter how you accessed your abortion. You should have a check-up two to three weeks after an abortion.

If you would like to speak to a counsellor for any reason, please contact us to make an appointment.


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