As from today a small UK-based abortion charity will be offering it's service to Gibraltar and Maltese residents which includes providing financial assistance.
A press release from the Abortion Support Network reads:
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, ASN brings the gift of confidential, non-judgmental information and funding for abortion costs to new countries.
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue , Ireland has safe legal abortion, So we’re expanding to help Malta and Gibraltar too!
Abortion Support Network <http://www.asn.org.uk/> (ASN), a small UK-based charity providing financial assistance, practical information and accommodation to those living in countries with restrictive abortion laws, announced today that it has launched its service to people resident in
Malta and Gibraltar. As of today, anyone in those countries will be able to ring the ASN helpline, visit the ASN website or send an email and receive
confidential, non-judgmental information about the least expensive way to arrange abortion and travel, clinics that ASN works with in several EU
countries, and, where necessary, receive financial help towards the cost of travelling from your home country and paying privately to access a safe,
Currently Malta is the only country in Europe where abortion is completely against the law, whereas the law in Gibraltar allows abortion to save a
ASN is also excited to announce that, in addition to practical and financial support for those travelling, we will also provide funding for people in Malta and Gibraltar who want to have a telephone consultation or counselling session provided by leading UK abortion provider, British
Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).
ASN’s Founder Mara Clarke said: “This Valentine’s Day, ASN is thrilled to spread the abortion-fund love to those living in Malta and Gibraltar.
We have been providing our services to Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man for almost 10 years and have an excellent network of donors,
volunteers and supporters who believe that “I can’t afford an abortion” should never be the only reason someone becomes a parent. Now the people in Northern Ireland can access free care in England and people in the Republic of Ireland can access free care in Ireland up to 12 weeks, ASN is ready to expand to help those in other countries where abortion is illegal or severely restricted.
ASN and our supporters know that making abortion against the law never stops abortion. It makes abortion inconvenient for those with financial and
other supports, and catastrophic for those who are marginalized, at risk, or poor. It means that when faced with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, women with money have options and women without money have babies – or do desperate or dangerous things to try and self-abort.
We are also thrilled that BPAS will allow ASN to fund people in Malta and Gibraltar to avail of their telephone consultation service. Given the complete lack of information about abortion available in these countries, this definitely fills a need.
While ASN very much hopes that both Malta and Gibraltar enact law change that enables women and pregnant people to have safe, legal abortions closer to home, ASN is more than happy to provide practical information, financial assistance, and, where possible, accommodation in volunteer homes to anyone who needs help in the meantime.”
Lara Dimitrijevic, Director, Women’s Rights Foundation said: “We applaud and welcome ASN for their decision to extend their services
and support to women in Malta".
These services will alleviate to a great extent the discriminatory and cruel situation women in Malta are forced to live in. By abrogating itself
from its duties and responsibilities, the state forces women to find their own way to acquire health and support they need.
This initiative is another way of women supporting women as women have always done and will continue to do. Needless to say, Women’s Rights
Foundation will do everything in its power to help and assist women in Malta in accessing the service and support provided by ASN.
A spokesperson for Pro Choice Gibraltar said: “Choice Gibraltar are extremely grateful that ASN have stepped in to support those women who may be affected with an unwanted pregnancy and have nowhere to turn. We hope that Gibraltar will change its approach to its human rights obligation in the very near future. In the meantime thank you ASN!”
A spokesperson for No More Shame Gibraltar said: "No More Shame is delighted with the support from ASN for the women of Gibraltar and their sterling work. Especially welcome is access to the BPAS helpline, which will offer free and confidential advice at a difficult time
for many women."
Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at BPAS, said: “We are pleased to be working with the wonderful ASN to ensure that women in Malta and Gibraltar have access to the information they need in order to make the decision that is right for them. We share the hope that the time will come when all women living in these countries can receive abortion advice and care at home, where it belongs.”
- Information on the least expensive method of abortion and travel, to England, The Netherlands, or Spain
- ASN funded, confidential telephone medical consultation or pregnancy options counselling session provided by BPAS in the UK (English language
- Financial help towards the cost of travel and abortion services (after a financial assessment)
- Overnight accommodation in volunteer homes where possible, and information about and funding towards paid accommodation near clinics when
- Information on the reputable online providers of safe but illegal early medical abortion pills
Contact information for service users: MALTA
Phone: +356 266 8 0990 (Will charge as a local Maltese number)
Phone: +07397 902468 (This is a UK mobile phone. We will ring back or
return messages so clients do not incur costs.)