Step by Step Guide

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 consultations with a three-day wait in between them.
  • If you are between 9 and 12 weeks pregnant you can have your first consultation with the IFPA, then 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.

To protect your health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, the HSE has changed the way we provide abortion care.  We are doing our best to make sure that a consultation by phone is as much like a consultation in the clinic as possible. Our counselling team is working with the doctors to make sure you have the information and support you need.

Our Abortion Telephone Consultation page has everything you need to know about how we are providing abortion care and how to manage an early medical abortion with remote support from the IFPA.

Abortion telephone consultation

This animation explains how we usually provide abortion care at the IFPA. We’ve made some changes to our service during the Covid19 crisis. You will still have two consultations with our doctors. But to keep you safe, the doctor will talk to you by phone, unless there is a medical reason why she needs to see you in person.  

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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 with us. 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.

To keep you safe during the Covid19 crisis, we are providing mostly telephone consultations. If the doctor or nurse needs you to come to the clinic, they will wear protective gloves, a mask and an apron when the see you. And the treatment room will be thoroughly cleaned with antiseptic wipes after every consultation. 

During the Covid19 crisis, 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.