Futon activism

// 24 June 2009

Thousands of Irish women each year are forced to travel to the UK for an abortion, because it is illegal in their own country. This can cost them anything from £400 to £1,500 when the cost of the procedure, travel and board and lodgings are taken into account.

The Abortion Support Network aim to help:

While campaigners fight for the rights of women to have access to safe and

legal abortion in their own countries, the Abortion Support Network will

seek to make their journey a little less of a hardship. Our volunteers will

provide women with a place to stay, a meal, and transportation to and from

the clinic. The Network will begin in London but hopes to expand to

Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, and other areas of England where Irish

women travel. Ultimately, we will also raise funds to help women pay for

the cost of the procedure and travel.

To that end, they’re looking for volunteers: if you have a spare room, a sofa, or even an airbed that you’d be willing to offer to a woman seeking an abortion, get in touch with them on info@abortionsupport.org.uk. If you’re not in one of those cities, or don’t have the space but would like to help, they’re also seeking financial support. There’s more information on their website.

Comments From You

Stephie // Posted 25 June 2009 at 11:21 am

This is a great initiative and I hope it takes off and plenty of people volunteer their much needed services! Well done and best of luck to all involved!

laura // Posted 25 June 2009 at 3:03 pm

thank you so much! this is such a great idea & a very noble thing to do cheers! lol xx

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