Abortion Laws and Policies
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Access to abortion is a fundamental human right and a basic healthcare. If you live in a country where access to abortion is restricted, you can get abortion pills through Women on Web.
Abortion is permitted on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. There is no gestational limit when there is an immediate risk to the life, or of serious harm to the health, including physical and mental health, of the pregnant woman. Abortion is also allowed for conditions affecting the foetus that, is likely to lead to the death of the foetus either before, or within 28 days of, birth.
Minors under the age of 16 are required to obtain parental or their legal guardians consent for an abortion. There is a mandatory waiting period of 3 day in place before the abortion can be done. It is counted from the date of certification by a medical practitioner that the pregnancy has not exceeded 12 weeks.
An abortion is free for persons who normally live in the Republic of Ireland. The cost of contraception, pain relief or antibiotics will not be covered unless the person has a medical card. Patients with a medical card will be subject to prescription charges.
Abortion providers and any persons assisting may be criminalized for an abortion outside of the legal conditions specified in the law. Medical practitioners and providers have the right to refuse abortion services based on personal beliefs. However, medical practitioners and providers are obligated to refer individuals to another provider if they refuse service.
About Abortion Pills
An abortion with pills is a safe and effective way to end a pregnancy at home. There are two ways to have an abortion with pills:
- Have an abortion with a pill called Mifepristone and another pill called Misoprostol;
- Have an abortion with the pill Misoprostol only.
You already have abortion pills? Find instructions, information around dosage, safety precautions and tips here or contact the Women on Web Help Desk Team to guide you through the process at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mifepristone is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
Mifepristone is distributed in pharmacies.
Misoprostol is officially registered by the country’s pharmaceutical authority.
It is registered for gynecological indications (such as birth, miscarriage treatment or abortion care etc.)
There is currently no data available on whether or not a prescription is needed to get Misoprostol.
Misoprostol is distributed in pharmacies and healthcare facilities.
These are brand names under which Mifepristone, Misoprostol or Combi Packs (that contain both abortion pills Mifepristone and Misoprostol) are officially distributed and/or commonly found in the country.
Arthrotec 50 or 75*, 200 mcg, *contains Diclofenac!
Safety notice: There are pills that contain a combination of Misoprostol and the painkiller Diclofenac. While manufactured for a different purpose they can still be used for abortion. Please find more info in our FAQ to avoid overdosing the Diclofenac.
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Organizations and Resources
- Women on Web
Abortion pill access by mail
- Abortion Support Network
- Alliance for Choice
0300 500 8086
- HSE Ireland
- Informing Choices NI
028 9031 6100
for counseling only at present
- Lucht Cabhrach Abortion Doulas for NI
An abortion doula provides emotional support before, during or after an abortion.
- MSI Reproductive Choices
0345 300 8090
- Central booking system for NI women seeking an abortion in England
- MyOptions freephone helpline
Helpline funded by the Department of Health provides reliable information and referrals. Provides advice, counseling if needed and referral to a local abortion provider. Also webchat and interpretation service. 24hr medical support for those who have undergone an abortion.
1800 828 010
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Other Databases and Sources
These are the sources and databases used to gather the information listed on this country profile.
- 09.08.2022/National Medicine Authority; Misoprostol: https://www.hpra.ie/homepage/medicines/medicines-information/find-a-medicine/results?query=Misoprostol&field=ACTIVESUBSTANCES
- 09.08.2022/National Medicine Authority; Mifepristone: https://www.hpra.ie/homepage/medicines/medicines-information/find-a-medicine/results?query=Mifepristone&field=ACTIVESUBSTANCES
- 09.08.2022/WHO, Global Abortion Policies Database: https://abortion-policies.srhr.org/country/ireland/
- 21.08.2022/European Abortion Policies Atlas: https://europe.ippf.org/resource/european-abortion-policies-atlas
- 14.12.2022/REDAAS conscientious objection map: https://www.redaas.org.ar/conscientious-objection-map
- 14.12.2022/Center for Reproductive Rights. The World’s Abortion Laws: https://reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-abortion-laws/
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