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Our Open Door Fund helps women who have to travel to access safe and legal abortion

Did you know in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man the abortion law is different from the law in England?

Very few Irish and Manx women meet the strict criteria to access local and legal abortion services. As a result, every year around 4000 women will travel hundreds of miles from the island of Ireland or the Isle of Man to England or Wales for their abortion. Often alone.

There are so many more women in Ireland and Isle of Man who are unable to travel – often because it’s simply too expensive. For the women who cannot raise the funds, choice becomes limited to either continuing the pregnancy, or risking their health and freedom by inducing an abortion themselves.

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A race against time

In 2017 the government announced they would allow abortion care providers in England to offer funded services for Northern Irish women. However, women from the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man still fund their treatment themselves.

All Irish and Manx women need to raise the money for travel and accommodation as quickly as possible for their appointment.

It's hard to believe that some countries still make abortion care almost impossible to access, and criminalise those who take matters into their own hands with abortion pills sourced online, or more dangerous implements.

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

The Open Door Fund offers financial assistance to those having to journey across the Irish Sea when they can’t afford it.

Your donation will directly help someone being denied local access to legal abortion care.

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By donating, you give more choice to all women in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and Isle of Man.

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We are so grateful for all the support that we receive every day. With your help, we can make sure that women in the UK and all over the world access their choice of abortion and contraceptive services.

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    We support Irish, Northern Irish and Manx women

    If you are from the island of Ireland or Isle of Man 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.