Op­tions Helpline opens on Jan­uary 1st

The Irish Times - - News Agenda -

A 24/7 helpline for women to re­ceive coun­selling and clin­i­cal ad­vice for abor­tion ser­vices will go live on Jan­uary 1st and will be called ‘My Op­tions’.

The de­ci­sion on the name fol­lowed con­sul­ta­tion with fo­cus groups.

It was the pre­ferred name to de­scribe the ser­vice by the vast ma­jor­ity across all age groups, fe­male and male, and those who have ex­pe­ri­enced an un­planned preg­nancy.

There are also plans to place leaflets in phar­ma­cies around the coun­try, which could be dis­trib­uted by the Ir­ish Phar­macy Union.

In mid-Jan­uary, the Gov­ern­ment is also plan­ning an advertising cam­paign. This is likely to in­clude in­for­ma­tion posters on bus shel­ters, in buses, in­side fe­male toi­lets in pubs and clubs, shop­ping cen­tres and col­leges.

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