Finding the facts about abortion

This is a personal matter, we’re not here to tell you that your feelings and beliefs are right or wrong. But we are always in favour of access to info and proper facts. Sometimes it helps to look more closely at a viewpoint just to figure out how you feel about it. And whatever your feelings and opinions were before, things are very different when you’re actually pregnant and making a decision about the rest of your life.

People have strong opinions about abortion. Sometimes extreme, judgmental and loud opinions. Pro-life, pro-choice or somewhere in the acres of middle ground.

This is a personal matter, we’re not here to tell you that your feelings and beliefs are right or wrong. But we are always in favour of access to info and proper facts. Sometimes it helps to look more closely at a viewpoint just to figure out how you feel about it. And whatever your feelings and opinions were before, things are very different when you’re actually pregnant and making a decision about the rest of your life.

My parents are very religious. I just couldn’t even start talking about it with them so I ended up calling a helpline. It was hard to speak but even just saying it out loud felt like a huge release

The facts about abortion, what happens and how to access them are all on the NHS site NHS: Abortion

There’s a lot of wrong information and some outright lies published mostly by the kind of anti-abortion groups who also think it’s okay to scare women outside abortion clinics. If you’re interested in the science behind their ‘claims’ and the honest facts about abortion, there’s a great podcast from the team at Science Vs available: Science Vs: Abortion (podcast audio)

Charities and support groups who will give you unbiased info, advice and help:

BPAS www.bpas.org

“BPAS is the UK’s largest provider of abortion services providing care for 55000 women each year. We are an independent healthcare charity which has, for nearly 50 years, been advocating and caring for women”

For women in Northern Ireland, Ireland and the Isle of Man:

Abortion Support Network www.asn.net

“Abortion Support Network provides financial assistance and accommodation to women travelling from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Funding is available on a case by case basis depending on financial need and availability of funding. Please contact us before booking travel as we can also advise on the least expensive clinics and methods of travel. We also provide confidential, non-judgmental information to anyone who contacts us via phone or email who is seeking information about travelling to England for an abortion, as well as information about reputable providers of early medical abortion pills by post.”

Your doctor and health worker will be able to talk you through your options. You need to know how many weeks pregnant you are as this changes the options that you have. The sooner you go and talk to them, the better. Whatever you decide, talking with them early on means you’re giving yourself the best chance of making the right decision for you.

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