- Women needing abortion care must not delay treatment while waiting for new government funding scheme to start
- Women who have been treated by bpas since Friday will also have fees refunded
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) is removing all consultation and treatment fees for women resident in Northern Ireland in response to the government's commitment last Thursday to provide abortion care funding for these women. As the details of the new government scheme have yet to be put forward, bpas is concerned that women may delay treatment as they wait for the commitment to be actioned. While abortion is a very safe procedure, the earlier it can be performed the better for women's mental and physical health. We hope our decision will provide clarity for women and what can be an extremely anxious time. Women who have been treated by bpas since Friday will have their fees refunded. bpas looks forward to working with the government to put the new funding scheme in place as soon as possible.
Women from Northern Ireland needing to book an appointment should call 03457 30 40 30.
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Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides 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