British Pregnancy Advisory Service
The BPAS Women's Fund
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has been providing not-for-profit abortion care for nearly 50 years. But even in 2016, we speak to women everyday who are struggling to meet the costs associated with accessing the care they need.
Women sometimes need to travel across the UK to get the abortion care they need, and current disruptions to local services mean more women than ever may not be able to access treatment close to home. Undergoing any form of medical treatment is hard enough, without worrying about the cost of travelling and accommodation. bpas works hard to try to secure funding for them, but with your help, we can help more women access the care they need.
We subsidise the treatment costs of women from Northern Ireland, who are denied the same legal access to abortion as women in the rest of the UK. But they still have to raise the money to travel to the mainland and find accommodation. For some women this can lead to a significant delay accessing care as they try to raise the necessary funds.
Even in the rest of the UK, women may have to travel across the country because their local area cannot provide them with the care they need, and they struggle to find the upfront costs for an expensive train fare. This can include women with medical conditions who can only be seen in a specialist NHS centre. bpas helps them find that care, and we do all we can to help them meet the costs of travel and accommodation – a particular issue for younger women who do not want to travel alone.
We also see migrant women with no right to NHS-funded care who do not wish to carry their pregnancy to term but cannot afford an abortion. We turn no woman away.
On top of these costs, many women must also organise childcare or take unpaid leave from work. The financial strain can add a huge amount of stress at what is already a difficult time.
We have created this fund for members of the public to offer their support to ensure that all women, regardless of their finances or location, are able to access abortion care when they need it. All donations to this fund will be used to meet the costs that women are unable to pay, directly helping women in these difficult circumstances access the care they need, when they need it.
No woman should have to delay abortion care when she is sure of her decision because she can’t afford a ticket or an overnight stay.Thank you for your support