Giving Week 2015 update

The facts about Mumsnet Giving Week and our support for the Abortion Support Network, following this Daily Telegraph article 

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Mumsnet users elected to back the Abortion Support Network (along with four other charities) as part of our annual Mumsnet Giving Week. Mumsnet Giving Week is a week where we collectively raise funds and then Mumsnet HQ match-funds users' donations.

The Abortion Support Network signposts women who are up to nine weeks pregnant to two organisations that provide the Mifepristone and Misoprostol drugs by post, following consultations with licensed doctors and trained reproductive health workers. These drugs are on the World Health Organisation's list of Essential Medicines and they are the standard legal drugs prescribed in mainland UK for early abortions, but they are not available in Ireland. The Abortion Support Network also provides financial assistance and accommodation to women travelling from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to access safe and legal abortions. These are far from backstreet, "DIY", abortions.

At the time of writing, there has been almost no dissent voiced amongst the many many hundreds of supporters on Mumsnet about the collective decision to back this cause. One post on Mumsnet, and the one dissenting tweet we noticed on Tuesday, presumably constitute the "outrage" to which the Telegraph article refers.

Statement from the Abortion Support Network:

"Abortion Support Network (ASN) is a tiny charity battling an enormous issue – the thousands of women living in Ireland and Northern Ireland with unwanted or non-viable pregnancies who, due to draconian abortion laws, are forced to flee their countries or turn to the internet to terminate their pregnancies. ASN does the best that we can to give the people who call, email and text us non-judgemental, confidential and above all practical advice about their options for abortion and travel for England.

"When Mumsnet informed us that their users had chosen ASN as one of five charities for Mumsnet Giving Week, we were thrilled. How wonderful that a group of parents wants to help women in Ireland and Northern Ireland have the same ability to choose when to become parents, or add to their existing families, as the women in England, Scotland and Wales do. We are very transparent about what it is that we do – and what it is that we do is that we keep women from drinking bleach. The work we do is absolutely saving lives and we think it is really wonderful that Mumsnet users recognise that choosing if or when to have a child is a big part of parenting. I would think that Mumsnet users are more qualified than anyone to know that this is not a job that you give to people who don’t want to do it.

"If you have any questions about ASN and what we do, please do contact our director at mara@abortionsupport.org.uk."

Thursday 11 June 2015

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