Crisis Pregnancy Options
Positive Options is a new information service launched to help women in crisis pregnancy.
Many women who face a crisis pregnancy find it difficult to get help and support at their time of crisis because they are unaware of existing pregnancy counselling services or how to access them. In addition, many women are often uncertain about the legal situation regarding the availability of abortion information and accompanying services.
A new campaign which aims to make females of all ages more aware of their options should they have a crisis pregnancy - and of agencies who can provide them with help - has just been launched by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency.
Called the Positive Options Campaign, it provides a detailed list of help services for women who are worried about being pregnant. The campaign hopes to empower women to seek help without judging them or adding to their crisis.
The various help services, and the agencies that provide these services, are listed on the PositiveOptions.ie website and in the Positive Options leaflet - now widely available through GP's, pharmacies, libraries, Public Health Nurses, Health Boards, etc.
The help services include:
- Where to get a pregnancy test
- How to make an appointment with a specially trained counsellor who will explain all options open to you - parenting, adoption or abortion
- Where you can find out about social welfare and other rights and entitlements
- How to get access to medical help and information
- How to make contact with agencies that provide counselling after an abortion
- What agencies provide medical check-ups after an abortion?
The project has been developed in co-operation with six agencies that specialise in helping women in work towards finding a solution to an unexpected pregnancy.
These agencies offer pregnancy-counselling services in complete confidence and privacy. The counselling services are free of charge regardless of the woman's/girl's income, age or location.
The agencies are:
Ballinasloe Crisis Pregnancy (serves Galway area, professional available for house calls), Call: 1850 20 06 00 (Callsave) or 090 964 8190
Cherish Phone - 1890 66 22 12
CURA (do not provide abortion information but refer on) - 1850 622 626 or 091 562558 www.cura.ie
Dublin WellWoman - (01) 872 8051, (01) 660 9860, (01) 848 4511
Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) - 01 8069444 www.ifpa.ie
LIFE (do not consider abortion to be a positive option) - 1850 281 281or (091) 587575
One Family - (01) 6629212 - www.onefamily.ie
PACT - 1850 673 333 - www.pact.ie
Positive Options - www.positiveoptions.ie - Free text 'List' to 50444
Many family doctors also provide services for women with unplanned pregnancies. Women/girls who need support and help should also think about contacting a local family doctor.
The Students' Union Vice President/Welfare Officer can help you to get in contact with any of the agencies and is also there if you need to have a chat with somebody