The Abortion Act 1967 was never extended to Northern Ireland. Women living in the region are still governed by a law that predates the light bulb.
At least 919 women travelled to England in 2017, to access abortion care denied to them in Northern Ireland.
Countless others risked criminal sanctions by accessing medication online.
FPA work with politicians and policy makers to advocate for
- the decriminalisation of abortion
- the removal of the punitive provisions imposed on women who have an abortion
- the end of the daily discrimination experienced by women.
We are an effective instigator of social change, most recently playing an instrumental role in the UK government’s decision to no longer charge women from Northern Ireland to access abortion services in England.
For more information on this work, see Abortion Rights.
We also provide the only non-directive counselling service in Northern Ireland for women faced with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. More information on our counselling service.