LONDON — The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) has launched a free aftercare helpline for women in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man who have illegally purchased abortion pills online.
Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland — which forms part of the United Kingdom — and the Republic of Ireland. And, on the Isle of Man — also part of the UK — abortions can only be carried out in the event of a criminal offence or on mental health grounds.
Thousands of women travel to England each year in order to gain access to safe and legal abortions, but many women aren’t able to travel and are forced to break the law and purchase abortion pills online. Purchasing abortion pills online is a criminal offence everywhere in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland; one that can carry a life sentence.
The confidential helpline — which will be run by nurses — will provide advice for women who’ve obtained pills from clinics run by non-profit organisations, such as Women Help Women and Women on Web. Read more…