In September 2019, the IFPA began a research project to understand service-user experiences of accessing our abortion service. The research is being undertaken by Alison Spillane, the IFPA’s Policy and Research Officer. She has been awarded funding by the Irish Research Council to carry out the research as an employment-based PhD.

Please note that this project is paused from 25 June 2021 until March 2022.

About the project

The project involves:

  • Interviews with service-users
  • Analysis of IFPA service activity data to identify trends
  • Interviews with IFPA staff working in the abortion service

Research findings

The IFPA will publish a report of the study and findings may also be published in scientific journals. You can find links to these publications at the bottom of this page.

Alison will also write up the results as part of her degree for a PhD dissertation for submission to the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.

In all publications, the anonymity and confidentiality of research participants will be fully protected.

Ethics and oversight

The research is supervised by Dr Catherine Conlon (Trinity College Dublin) and Maeve Taylor (Irish Family Planning Association). The project has received ethical approval from the Research Ethics Committee of the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.


If you have used the IFPA’s abortion service and would like to discuss the research in more detail, please contact Alison by email at


The research examines whether the abortion law and the IFPA’s abortion service meet the needs of service-users.