Welcome to your September ASN e-bulletin
Fabulous funders - Give us your Gift Aid!
ASN has now registered for Gift Aid and asks all donors past and present to register to make donations go 25% further. ASN made the news a few more times - print, online and radio. September and October bring many opportunities for pro-choice activism in the UK and Ireland. Women we’ve helped this month. And ASN asks you to spread the word as well as help us prepare for a non-event.
• Give us your Gift Aid!
• ASN in the news
• Opportunities for pro-choice activism
• Women we’ve helped
• Help spread the word
• Get ready for the non-event!
Give us your Gift Aid!
If you are a UK taxpayer, ASN can reclaim 25p for every £1 you have donated since May 2011 at no extra cost to you. Put another way, registering for Gift Aid automatically increases your donation by 25%. If you have donated to ASN since May 2011, or plan to someday donate to ASN, please register for gift aid so that your donation can go even further to help the women we serve.
ASN’s Gift Aid registration page gives you the option of filling in your details online or downloading a form that you can post in to us. Thank you in advance for helping your donation go further!
ASN in the news
3 August 2012 - KFM Radio’s Kildare Today. ASN’s Mara Clarke is asked about women who terminate as the result of rape.
27 August - Womens eNews “Catholic Ireland Awaits Report on its Abortion Law”. Also picked up by Forbes.com! 28 August – Daily Mirror “I couldn’t afford to be a mum”. Student’s tearful decision to have an abortion despite wanting kids” [Story not available online]
29 August – XOJane “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Have Children. Talking about the need for abortion rights in Ireland.”
Opportunities for pro-choice activism
There are a number of events happening around the world on and around 28 September, including meetings and actions in Belfast, Dublin, Derry, Cork and London. ASN representatives will be at many of them, and we hope to see you there! For more information about the global campaign, go here.
A few of the events:
27th Sept. Public meeting in Central Library, Foyle St, Derry at 7.00pm
28 September – Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion
28th Sept. Street activity planned in Derry followed by an evening public meeting in Belfast, location TBD.
29th Sept. March for Choice in Dublin, 2 pm. See here for more info'. 1st Oct. Voice for Choice public meeting – “Taking abortion out of the criminal law”. Find out more and reserve your free place here
6th Oct. Pro choice street action planned in Belfast’s Corn Market. Take a look here for further details.
Women we’ve heard from
In August, ASN heard from 28 women seeking assistance, including the following emails we received:
“I am 18 years old. I recently found out that I am 6 weeks pregnant. I have spoke to a support network agencies about my situation and I feel it is best for me in my circumstances that I would be unable to care and look after a baby by myself. I have a part time job, however I am not in the financial position to support my decision.”
“I have recently found out that I'm pregnant again about 6 weeks gone. I'm desperate to get an abortion. I was taking the pill but I was caught while on a course of antibiotics. I already have 3 brilliant children one of which has autism. Have another child is just wrong at the minute. I'm barely coping with the 3 I have. I’ve checked the cost of having an abortion and I just can't afford it”
"I am 31 and single mother of 2. I suffer with severe depression and anxiety and am 8 weeks pregnant. Continuing with this pregnancy is not an option. I have looked into having a termination but i just cannot afford the fees and flight. please can you help me i cannot continue with this pregnancy and am becoming very desperate."
"hi i was wondering if u could please help me i am a single mother of three children and need an abortion i am 25 years old. I can’t afford to have pay for it. i can barely cope as it is with three young children please help me thanks "
“I am roughly 6 weeks pregnant and I need to get an abortion. I think I will be able to afford my flights but I am worried I cannot afford the procedure by myself and I am not able to tell my family as they would not allow it. Is there anything I can do?”
“I am in need of assistance of getting to England as I have a baby of nine months old and was born wit congenial cataracts in both eyes and need help of finance to go England as i found out as i am expecting again to soon again and would be grateful if u could contact me as soon as possible.”
“I was pro life until I found out my younger sister was pregnant which has changed everything for me. I never realised what it might mean for someone not to be ready to have a kid and I am immensely grateful to you for your support. I want to go out into the street and scream with relief!”
We thank these women and men for allowing us to share their stories.
Help spread the word
This month, we're not going to ask you for donations. Instead, we'd like to ask you to use the 'Forward to a Friend' link at the bottom of this eBulletin to send it to three friends (or 1, or 5 or 10) and encourage them to sign up to learn more about ASN's work. How easy is that?
Get ready for the non-event!
October is coming up, which means it will soon be the third anniversary of when ASN opened our doors. This year, we’d like to invite you all NOT to come to our 3rd birthday party. Intrigued? More details to follow . . .
Thank you again for all your support. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to provide financial assistance, accommodation and confidential, non-judgemental information to the women in difficult circumstances who have contacted us.
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