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Travelling from Ireland

Accessing our abortion services in England

We believe in choice and will support you every step of the way.

The abortion law in Northern Ireland is different to the abortion law in the Republic of Ireland. Women who are unable to access abortion there can travel to England for safe and legal treatment.

Every year thousands of women from the island of Ireland travel to have an abortion in England. We have over 40 years’ experience of supporting Irish women, and understand the difficult journey you may be facing.

You can self-refer to our abortion services directly, and do not need to tell your GP if you don’t want to. If you would like to speak to your GP first, it is legal for GPs in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to refer patients to abortion care providers, like us, in England.

Travelling from Northern Ireland

Access to abortion is limited in Northern Ireland. It is legal in very exceptional circumstances, when this is a risk to physical or mental health with permanent or long-term consequences.

The UK Government have committed to cover the cost of abortion care for women from Northern Ireland who are treated in England.

To receive funded abortion care you will need to:

  1. Live in Northern Ireland (have a BT postcode); and
  2. Provide a Health and Care Number (HCN).

If you’re not sure of your HCN number, your GP surgery will be able to let you know what it is. You do not need to tell your GP why you need to know the number unless you want to.

Please mention when booking if it is difficult for you to fund the cost of your travel and accommodation (and possibly those of a parent, guardian or carer). We will assess whether you are eligible for help with these expenses.

Visit our dedicated Irish website www.mariestopes.ie for more information on travelling, both before and after your abortion.

Call 0333 234 2184 from Northern Ireland to speak to a dedicated advisor who will arrange your appointment and funding.

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Travelling from Republic of Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland you can legally have an abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, in line with the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018.

After 12 weeks it is possible to access abortion care in the Republic of Ireland if there is a risk of serious harm or a risk to the life of the pregnant person. It is also possible to access abortion care if there has been a diagnosis of fatal fetal abnormality.

For more information, please visit My Options, HSE's official unplanned pregnancy website, or call them directly on 1800 828 010 for free. 

If you are over 12 weeks of pregnancy, you can travel to England for safe and legal abortion care. We provide private abortion services up to 23 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy, in line with the Abortion Act 1967.

We offer discounted abortion care fees to all those who live in the Republic of Ireland. We also offer free transfers from the airport or ferry port to get to and from your appointment.

Same-day consultation and treatment can be arranged for you (this is subject to availability and to your personal treatment option).
Our trained advisors can talk you through your options and available appointments.

Please mention when booking if it is difficult for you to fund the cost of your travel and accommodation (and possibly those of a parent, guardian or carer). We will assess whether you are eligible for help with these expenses.

Visit our dedicated Irish website www.mariestopes.ie for more information on travelling both before and after your abortion.

Visit our Irish website

A client from Galway shares her story

I really wanted to share my story as the experience was as positive as it could be given the circumstances

A client from Dublin shares her story

"I know 8 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."

Andrea's story

"I was emotional and frightened when I first called so having someone calm and kind to listen was a massive help."

Our care doesn’t end once you leave the clinic to travel home.

Our nurse-led aftercare line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can speak to our nurses at any time on 0345 122 1441. Feel free to ask them any questions that are on your mind about your recovery or pregnancy tests following your abortion. We are here to support you.

You can also speak to one of our confidential specialist counsellors after you have gone back home to Ireland. We have counselling appointments available over the phone at a time that suits you. There is no time limit to you requesting a counselling appointment after your abortion, so if you decide you would like to talk to someone at a later date we can arrange this for you.

Our dedicated aftercare nurses are here to take your call. Just ring 0345 122 1441 to find out more about our aftercare and counselling services.

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Making the right choice for you

We understand that it can be daunting to book an appointment for a medical procedure that you are unfamiliar with. Knowing what to expect is part of making the choice that’s right for you.

What to expect

We want you to feel as comfortable as possible when coming for an abortion, so our centres don’t look like hospitals – and our team will be there to support you.

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Aftercare

If you feel like you’re experiencing any problems – either physical or emotional – after the treatment, we’re here to help. Call our aftercare line any time to talk to one of our friendly, experienced nurses.

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Support women worldwide

If you also believe every woman should have access to safe abortion, and want to help make it a reality, you can support Marie Stopes International, our global partnership.

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    We support Irish and Northern Irish women

    If you are from the island of Ireland and are considering an abortion in England, we will support you every step of the way. You can call our 24 hour advice line any time.