Abortion in Ireland

Abortion is illegal in Ireland unless it endangers the life of the woman.

Abortion and the Law in Ireland

The law which currently governs abortion in Ireland is the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013

In the majority of cases, it is illegal to have an abortion in Ireland.

It is legal to

It is illegal to

To obtain information (face-to-face and over the phone) about abortion services legally available in other countries as well as other options such as parenting and adoption

Buy the abortion pills online and take them in Ireland

Travel to another country to access abortion care where it is legal

Access abortion in cases of rape in Ireland

To have an abortion in Ireland in cases of a risk of loss of life of the woman in designated hospitals

Access abortion in cases of incest in Ireland

To have an abortion in Ireland in cases of a risk of loss of life from suicide

Access abortion in cases of foetal anomaly in Ireland

Access pregnancy counselling in Ireland (face-to-face and over the phone)


Access post-abortion check-ups and counselling in Ireland


Abortion in Northern Ireland

Abortion is criminalised in Northern Ireland in most circumstances. Marie Stopes UK has an abortion clinic in Belfast. Accessing the medical abortion pill over there is subjected to the Law in Northern Ireland and a medical assessment alongside a referral. This referral may take up to 5 working days to process.

Travelling abroad

If you are facing a crisis pregnancy, have considered your options and want to have an abortion; you will need to travel outside the Republic of Ireland to access abortion care treatment legally. An estimated 5,000 women travel to England to access legal services available up to 24 weeks under certain circumstances. Call us if you would like to know more.

We know that travelling abroad can be an expensive option but we are here to offer advice if you are trying to work out what the best option is for you.

Home ‘natural’ abortion

If you cannot afford to access safe abortion services in another country, it can be tempted to try anything to have an abortion at home. Some women try to take hot baths or take a lot of vitamin C but these will not work and will endanger your health. Please be careful when you read information online – there is a lot of misleading information.

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Buying abortion pills online

Buying abortion pills online is a dangerous option. Taking this medication without medical supervision can represent a real danger to your health.

It is also illegal to take abortion pills which have been bought online and you could be prosecuted. Moreover, you might be sent placebos by organisations which pretend they are here to help.

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Impartial Advice at Reproductive Choices

Don’t ever hesitate to talk to us. If you think you’re on your own and have no one to talk to, just know that at Reproductive Choices, there’s always someone to talk to. You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times, no matter what your situation is.

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