Take action

Help FPA to highlight the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Ask your MP to support the funding of NHS abortion services for women from Northern Ireland – just enter your postcode below

Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws mean that women living there have to travel to other parts of the UK if they need an abortion.

But despite being UK citizens and taxpayers, women living in Northern Ireland aren’t allowed to access NHS-funded abortion care. Combined with the costs of travelling, this can mean women have to raise thousands of pounds at short notice. Those who can’t raise this money are either forced to continue with an unwanted or crisis pregnancy, or buy medical abortion pills online, which is illegal and leaves them vulnerable to prosecution.

FPA believes that, while working to change the law in Northern Ireland, the UK government should commit to funding abortion services for women who have travelled from Northern Ireland to England or Wales. The provision of free access to abortion services for all UK citizens would be a small change that would make a real difference to women who may otherwise struggle to afford the cost of private treatment.

In a joint campaign with bpas, we’re calling on MPs to sign a letter to Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, which asks him to review this unfair policy.

Ask your MP to sign this letter by entering your postcode below. Thank you for making a difference.

 

Defend women's healthcare around the world 

The Global Gag Rule is an assault on every women.

In January 2017, President Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. This order denies US funding to global health and family planning organisations if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country. Organisations that refuse to comply with the order are denied critical funding for life-saving health services like contraception, maternal health, Zika and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

It will have a devastating effect. The World Health Organisation estimates that every day, 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries. The policy will hit hardest women living at the margins of society – the poorest, the most remote and those under 25. Zika and HIV are more likely to spread. Millions will suffer.

The Global Gag Rule jeopardises the investment the UK government has made in women’s health globally. It is an attempt to silence the voice, choice, and control of the world’s poorest women. The policy is an assault on every woman, everywhere.

In the spirit of the Women’s Marches earlier this year, we call on the UK government to join other governments in championing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights both politically and financially.

Take action: Sign the International Planned Parethood Federation's petition asking the UK Government to champion life-saving services for women across the world. 

Stop cuts to contraception services

Our reproductive rights are under attack.

Contraception services are a basic right, earned through decades of struggle. But funding cuts, policy changes and increasingly aggressive opposition are threatening our choices.

Recent research from FPA and the Advisory Group on Contraception has shown that community clinics are closing down and fewer GPs are offering a full range of contraceptive options.

You can help us keep the services and choices we have fought hard for. 

Take action: Sign our petition calling on the Department of Health to take action to protect contraception services.