Abortion Support Network to run out of funds by the end of the month

by Jess McCabe // 14 February 2011, 15:47

Tags: abortion, Ireland

ASN.jpgThe Abortion Support Network, which helps women who have been forced to travel from Ireland to Britain for an abortion, is urgently in need of funds and is set to reach the end of its reserves by the end of February.

ASN's director Mara Clarke sent a pleading email to supporters yesterday, explaining what has happened: in short, more women than before are coming forward as media coverage has made them aware of the organisation's existence, and a number of expensive cases involving young women and women late in pregnancy.

So far in 2011, ASN has helped women including:

  • A 15 year old girl
  • A 20 week pregnant 16 year old
  • A 19 year old pregnant as the result of rape, who had to go through the added distress of having to find a way to provide DNA evidence to the police
  • A mother of two who had to reschedule her appointments due to snow, making her later term
  • A single mother of a young child, recently out of a rehabilitation facility,
  • A mother of four supporting her family with a part time job only able to come up with £800 towards her £1390 procedure
  • A single woman who wanted her baby - until she lost her job.
  • A woman who came to the UK for a 2-day procedure without realising she would need to find her own accommodation

Marta says:

By donating today, you can help break down the barriers preventing women from obtaining timely, cost-effective abortions and, in turn, help us to be able to serve a greater number of women. 100% of your donation will go DIRECTLY toward paying for a women's abortion.

Comments From You

Saranga // Posted 14 February 2011 at 21:25

oh gods, I hope they raise some more funds soon.

Josie // Posted 15 February 2011 at 18:28

Thanks so much for this info Jess - I will be making a hefty donation come pay day!

Out of interest, has anyone here volunteered for ASN as a 'supporter' i.e. opening their home to an Irish woman who has to travel to London for an abortion. It's something I would be interested in doing but would be good to chat with someone who has done it. Thanks!

Hannah // Posted 01 March 2011 at 16:44

Hi Josie - we're on the look-out for new volunteers at the moment, particularly if you live within easy commuting distance of clinics (Ealing, Richmond, Brixton or Streatham).

If you're interested, get in touch with Mara@abortionsupport.org.uk - she can put you in touch with past and present hosts for a chat about what it's like.

Thanks for the support, everyone!

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