It's normal to have mixed feelings about being pregnant when you didn't plan to be. Or you may have clear thoughts about what is right for your situation. If you are undecided, it may help to talk about your options and feelings. Whatever you're thinking, YOU should make the final decision about your pregnancy.
It may be hard to talk to your partner, family or friends until you're sure of your feelings about the pregnancy. There are agencies in Ireland that offer non-directive pregnancy counselling - so you can discuss all your options with a trained counsellor who doesn't know you. Non-directive pregnancy counselling means that the counsellor will not influence you or offer any opinion about what may be best for you.
We recommend the following agencies to discuss your unplanned pregnancy and all available options:
- Family Planning Association in Northern Ireland (NIfpa)
- Irish family planning association (Ifpa)
- Well Woman Centre in Dublin
- Femplus (pregnancy scanning available)
- One Family
If you attend for counselling with any of these organisations, BPAS will not charge you a consultation fee.
Some organisations advertising free pregnancy testing and counselling on the internet and in phone books are strongly opposed to abortion and will not discuss all the options available to you in a balanced way. They may not provide you with any information on how to access abortion treatment. If they talk about abortion as an option for you at all, it may involve un-evidenced or untrue claims, and unreliable statistics.
The Positive Options website lists all the crisis pregnancy services in the Republic of Ireland. Pregnancy counselling with these agencies is free of charge. Many of these organisations are unbiased and supply information on all your options - abortion, adoption and keeping the baby. CURA will discuss all three options during crisis pregnancy counselling but will not supply abortion provider contact details. Life, will not discuss abortion during pregnancy counselling sessions or supply abortion treatment contact details.
Abortion Support Network (ASN) is a charity that provides financial assistance and accommodation in volunteer homes to women travelling to England from Ireland/N Ireland to access a safe and legal abortion. Funding is available on a case by case basis depending on circumstances and availability of funding.
Abortion Pills online
Some women have no alternative but to seek Early Medical Abortion (EMA) pills online. While the World Health Organisation has said that EMA medication is safe (even when taken outside a clinical setting), there are risks associated with buying EMA medication online: they may not arrive, or they may not be the genuine product. Some websites that claim to provide EMA medication have been set up to dupe. We do not advise anyone to take medication purchased online, but if you have no other option, both Women on Web and Women Help Women can provide genuine EMA pills, advice and support.
BPAS runs a free confidential helpline, set up for women who have bought pills from Women Help Women and Women on Web.
Call 1800 910 049 (ROI) and 0800 0776049 (NI).
If you have bought pills from another online provider you will be advised to seek immediate medical assistance as we cannot be sure of the medication you have taken.