Thursday, 22 April 2010


I've just seen this on an email list. 
Subject: Irish women need CASH, not ASH! – Urgent ASN Appeal

Whether it’s a shortage of mange tout at the supermarket or a friend
stranded abroad, we’ve all been affected by the cloud of ash from Iceland.
But imagine if you had only a few weeks to navigate your way to England for
a safe and legal abortion.

This week, we’ve heard from a number of women who were due to have travel to
the UK this week for terminations, including a very young teen who is
extremely close to the 24 week time limit for abortions in the UK. She had
to miss her appointment earlier this week and is now coming next week by
ferry and train – a roundtrip journey of more than 24 hours. Her mother
solely supports her and her siblings with a part time job and now has to
cover costs of £2,300 (procedure + money lost on cancelled flights + last
minute ferry and train tickets).

Due to these extraordinary and extremely difficult circumstances, ASN has
made a pledge to fund this young woman £500, much more than we usually
commit to a single case. This is less than half of the costs she is facing.
We would like to *help more*. If you would like to help cover more costs for
her and women like her, please pledge to make a donation today.

You can do this by donating via PayPal (, writing a cheque (email for our postal address), or by making an online
transfer (HSBC/Abortion Support Network/Sort Code: 40-11-18/Account Number:

Please mark the donation “Iceland”.

Thank you in advance for any amount you can give – your donation will make a
real difference to this family or to one of the other women who have had to
re-purchase tickets to travel to England.

With best regards,


Mara Clarke
Abortion Support Network
+44 (0) 7897 611 593

Abortion Support Network (ASN) is an all-volunteer organisation that
provides accommodation and financial assistance to women forced to travel
from Ireland and pay privately for abortions in England. The cost ranges
between £400 and £2000 depending on circumstance and stage of pregnancy.
While other organisations campaign for law reform, ASN is the only group on
record providing women travelling for abortions with the thing they need the
most: money.

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