Abortion is a common and safe procedure used to end a pregnancy. The earlier in pregnancy you make your decision and speak to a doctor about it, the easier it is to get an abortion.
In Ireland you can have an abortion for any pregnancy that is less than 12 weeks.
- If you have been pregnant for less than 9 weeks, the IFPA can provide you with an early medical abortion. This is sometimes called the abortion pill. You will need to have two appointments with a three-day wait in between them.
- If you are between 9 and 12 weeks pregnant you can have your first appointment at an IFPA clinic, then we can refer you to have a medical or surgical abortion in a hospital.
This short video explains what involved when you have an early medical abortion with the IFPA. 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.
If you are over 12 weeks pregnant, you can only get an abortion if there is a risk of serious harm to your health or if you have a diagnosis of a fatal foetal anomaly. If you are over 12 weeks pregnant but want an abortion for different reasons, you may need to travel abroad for abortion care. Depending on your situation, we may be able to refer you to a hospital in Ireland or give you information and support you if you need to travel.
Abortion care is free for women living in the Republic of Ireland. We also provide free specialist pregnancy counselling.
Getting an abortion at the IFPA
You do not need to be a previous client of the IFPA to book an appointment for abortion care at one of our clinics. Simply call your preferred clinic – Dublin City Centre or Tallaght – and speak to one of our receptionists.
We support any decision that you make about a pregnancy, and we are here to listen and help you carry out your decision whether that is parenting, abortion or adoption. Our free counselling service provides information and emotional support for women and girls going through a pregnancy, as well as their families and partners.