Alliance for Choice

Alliance for Choice Belfast was established in 1996 with the aim of decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland and ensuring access to free safe legal and local abortion care.  It was pivotal in securing the decriminalisation of abortion in 2019 and continues to work to ensure that women across the region have the information they need to make informed choices about their individual situations.

In June 2023, the charity applied for funding towards its Lucht Cabhrach programme, and specifically, provision to asylum seeking women in Northern Ireland.  The programme provides doula support to women in need of abortion healthcare. This includes giving clear information on abortion provision, access and services; someone to talk with and provide emotional support; practical support such as accompaniment to appointments; as well as care packages and a befriending support.  The Foundation awarded funding of £7,000 over a two-year period towards the pilot programme.  With the grant aid, it is also able to train people who support asylum seeking women in the community.  Benefits and outcomes for the asylum seeking women include that they access relevant information about their rights, and receive non-judgmental and culturally-appropriate support and care.