Your Support for Irish Women: The Open Door Fund
If you believe women have the right to choose when and if to have children, you’ve come to the right page.
Restrictions to care
It’s 2016, and still some countries make access to abortion care almost impossible and criminalise women who try to take matters into their own hands at home.
Did you know abortion law is different in Ireland and Northern Ireland from the law in England? Very few Irish women meet the strict criteria for access to local and legal abortion services.
In 2015 over 4,000* Irish women every year had to save up to pay privately for their abortion, but also had to travel hundreds of miles to England for the appointment. Often alone.
A race against time
There are so many more women in Ireland who are unable to travel - it’s simply too expensive.
It’s a race against time for women to raise the money as quickly as possible to make it over to England before they are too far along with the pregnancy.
For these women choice becomes limited to: continue the pregnancy, or risk their health and their freedom by ordering illegal abortion pills online.
Imagine the desperation you must feel to risk everything for a medical service, what lengths would you be prepared to go to? We want to avoid women having to ask themselves that question.
How you can make a difference
Your donation today will directly help someone being denied local access to legal abortion care. The Open Door Fund offers financial assistance to those having to journey across the Irish Sea for an appointment when they can’t afford it.
Make a single or monthly donation today
By donating you give more choice to all women in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
One of our clients who had to travel describes the difficulties she faced
Anonymous, 37 from Northern Ireland
When I found out I was pregnant, I was 34 or 5 at the time, and a married woman.
I went to the doctors, but their hands are tied in Northern Ireland. They gave me details of a counsellor, but there was a 3 week wait. So I went online and researched my options, and I found Marie Stopes UK.
I chose Marie Stopes Manchester Centre because it worked out cheaper for me in terms of flights and accommodation. I couldn’t have faced a flight home. I paid for a friend’s flights and hotel in Manchester to come with me. I was so glad that my friend was there as I was in an unfamiliar city and it was a difficult time. But it ended up costing so much money.
I know eight women who have gone to England for their abortions, but it’s not widely spoken about, it’s only when I mention that it’s what I did that people start opening up about their own experience.
For me it was the right choice, but it was made so much harder than it should have been. I put the whole thing on a credit card, but at least I could pay for it. There are women with no way of paying.