20 September 2023
Welcome to the IFPA’s abortion care page.
Abortion is a common form of reproductive healthcare that many women experience at some point in their lives. More than 8,000 people accessed abortion in Ireland last year.
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 no more 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 and unfortunately cannot be waived.
- 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.
Most people have their first abortion consultation by phone and come into the clinic for their second consultation. You’ll find a Step-by-Step guide on how we provide abortion care here.
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.
You can read or download an information leaflet to show you how to take the abortion medication and help you understand what it is like to have an early medical abortion.
If you are the friend, partner or a family member of someone who is accessing abortion care, you might like to know more about the process and ways you can be supportive. Drop an email to email@example.com and we’ll send you our early medical abortion companion guide.