Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at bpas, said:
"Unfortunately it looks like both cost and logistics will prove huge barriers to women from Northern Ireland being able to access abortion services in the Republic. Prices will vary between GP providers for a woman seeking an early abortion, but moreover the mandatory waiting period of 3 days means she will have to travel back and forth for a consultation, possibly have to go elsewhere for a scan, and then return for the actual treatment. In addition it would be illegal for her to use the pills obtained at home in Northern Ireland, while resident women will be prescribed the second dose of the medication to use at home. We anticipate that many women from Northern Ireland will continue to travel to England and Wales for care, where the treatment itself if free even if the travel is not unless she meets certain criteria, or continue to use pills obtained online. Ultimately whether a woman in the North can access treatment across the sea or across the border, it is no substitute for treatment at home."
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Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 80,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.