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- 203 clients helped in our first six months
In its first since months of operations since its launch in August 2020, FPAS Malta has helped a total of 203 clients by providing information on reproductive health and signposting to appropriate services. The chat function on our website www.fpas.mt or on the website of Doctors for Choice www.doctorsforchoice.mt (which is also handled by FPAS) was by far the most preferred communication medium with 121 clients making use of it. Calls to our standard rate numbers 27782758 and 20341686, as well as to our freephone 80062857, were the second most preferred communication medium with 59 clients calling us in the first six months. An additional 17 clients contacted us on WhatsApp (number +356 20341686) and 6 clients contacted us by email. Whenever a client contacted us via more than one medium, the medium that they used first is the only one counted in these statistics. The majority of queries were related to abortion. Other common queries were about the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraception failure, about the morning after pills, and about long acting reversible contraception such as implants and IUDs. We consider these numbers to be high, and symptomatic of an unmet need for reproductive healthcare in Malta. Until such a time when women and girls in Malta can access proper reproductive health services freely through the Maltese publicly funded health system, FPAS Malta volunteers will continue to be there to provide information and guidance to women and girls seeking such services. We are here to help. A special thanks goes to Women on Web and Women Help Women for providing abortion telemedicine services to women who cannot travel due to the pandemic, and to Abortion Support Network for supporting women from Malta to travel abroad for abortions despite the added costs and bureaucracy during the pandemic.
- Differences between Women on Web and Women Help Women
Women on Web and Women Help Women are both reputable organisations that offer online consultations to women who need an abortion in countries where abortion is restricted, and provide them with abortion pills to use at home. Both organisations have medical professionals working with them who can advise women before, during, and after abortion. When ordering abortion pills, women will be faced with a choice between these two organisations. The process to order the pills is similar for both organisations. They are both online services and women complete online consultations on their websites. During the consultation process women are asked questions about their pregnancy, how far along they are, about their health, whether they take any other medications, and whether they have any allergies. This information is then reviewed by the organisations, and if it is deemed safe to provide abortion pills they make a request for a donation. After the donation is paid (or some sort of agreement is reached if the woman has financial difficulty), the abortion pills are shipped to the woman. Both organisations provide combipacks containing Mifepristone and Misoprostol. The process of carrying out the abortion with pills will be the same, regardless of which organisation provides the pills. In case of difficulty during or after the abortion, both organisations promise to help women who ordered from them by providing information via email. So what is the difference between these organisations, you might ask. Here are the main differences that may influence your decision on which organisation to choose: Donation amount: Women on Web typically asks women in Malta for donations in the region of EUR 100. Women Help Women asks for slightly less - around EUR 75. Typical delivery times: Shipments from Women on Wen typically arrive in 1 to 2 weeks, whereas those from Women Help Women arrive in around 2 weeks. Remember abortion pills can be safely used at home up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, so if you are close to the limit and cannot travel you may wish to opt for the faster provider. Trackable packages: Women on Web provide their clients with tracking numbers so they can track the status of their package. Women Help Women does not provide tracking numbers.
- Our wish for Women's Day 2021: That there will be a time when we're no longer needed
Why does FPAS exist? The Family Planning Advisory Service exists because the state of Malta is failing in its duty to provide women in Malta with adequate sexual education and access to the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion. FPAS exists because without it, women in Malta would struggle to find reliable information on things like emergency contraception and abortion. As reputable health authorities have been saying ad nauseam, making abortion illegal does not stop abortion from happening, but it only drives it underground and makes it less safe. Women in countries like Malta, where abortion remains completely illegal, face the risk of getting taken advantage of by unqualified abortion providers, and to this day we still hear of women who pay thousands of Euro to have an abortion in a nearby country and receive a very poor service. The government continues to wash its hands of all responsibility for these women - as though abortion is not a reality and women with unwanted pregnancy do not exist in Malta. Not only does the government not provide any abortion services, but we have recently seen government ministers try to make themselves feel better and score some political points by giving a grant to LifeNetwork to provide "pregnancy crisis" services to women in Malta. LifeNetwork is associated with the likes of the far-right Agenda Europe and Heartbeat International, and in no way can be relied upon to give factual information on the option of abortion to women with unwanted pregnancies. It is this dire lack of reproductive health services and the abundance of misinformation on reproductive choices that make FPAS a necessitity. We're not going to lie, we long for the day when we are no longer needed. We long for the day when women in Malta will not have to contact our volunteers for information on abortion, but will be able to get this from the hospital or health centre. We long for the day when women in Malta will be able to be provided with abortion pills in Malta, rather than have to order them illegally from abroad. We long for the day women in Malta can have a surgical abortion locally, rather than have to travel abroad. We long for the day women in Malta can discuss abortion or post-abortion care with their regular doctor, rather than contact us at FPAS because they feel they cannot trust their doctor. We long for the day when women's healthcare is practiced according to internationally accepted standards. Until that day comes, FPAS will continue to be there for women in Malta. In the first six months of our operations we have heard from 203 people in Malta who asked us all kinds of questions about reproductive healthcare. It does sometimes get a bit busy for our volunteers, but it is a rewarding experience for us all. The frequent thanks we get from people who contact us is all we need. From all the volunteers at FPAS: We wish you all a happy Women's Day 2021!
- Our Services - What We Offer | FPAS Malta
What We Offer English English Deutsch Français Malti Español Italiano Русский српски језик العربية FPAS is an initiative of three non-profit organisations based in Malta: , the , and Women for Women. In Malta, where reproductive rights lag behind those of other European countries, women may find it difficult to get reliable and unbiased information on reproductive options. FPAS aims to meet their needs. FPAS provides: Doctors for Choice (Malta) Women's Rights Foundation Information to pregnant women* on pregnancy options including safe abortion and pregnancy support services. We may also refer you to if you need help funding your abortion. If you wish to continue the pregnancy we can discuss other options such as adoption. We are pro-choice and we support women whatever their decision. Abortion Support Network Information and consultations on contraception, and help to access contraception for those with financial difficulties. Advice and support by trained volunteers and professionals. All FPAS services are free. More services may be announced in the future, so please keep following us. Contact Us Home * Although we sometimes use the term "women" to refer to our clients, we warmly offer our services to all people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
- Abortion Clinics | FPAS Malta
Abortion Clinics English English Deutsch Français Malti Español Italiano Русский српски језик العربية provide abortions and offer their services to women from Malta. These clinics are, where possible, located close to airports and train or bus stations. This is a list of abortion clinics and organisations that Many of these clinics charge discounted prices to women travelling from countries where abortion is illegal and some of the English clinics provide a taxi service to and from the nearest airport or train station. If you need help paying for an abortion abroad, or would like help with booking flights and accommodation, please contact on 27780991 or 20341685. Abortion Support Network ENGLAND (Important: You need a valid passport to enter the UK. You may also need a visa if you are a non-Maltese/EU citizen.) Tel: +44 1789 416 569 London (West, East and South) Liverpool, Leamington Spa, Birmingham and other UK locations British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) (NUPAS) Tel: +44 1614 872 660 South Manchester Private Clinic Tel: +44 3453 003 737 Marie Stopes International Liverpool Women’s Hospital Click on “Termination of Pregnancy for surgical abortions up to 12 weeks 5 days”. They also have a Foetal Medicine Unit for those with a diagnosis of Fatal Foetal Anomaly. THE NETHERLANDS (Schengen country: Maltese ID Card or Maltese Residence Permit are sufficient for travel). Vrelinghuis Utrecht (Closest airport: Amsterdam) Website: Tel: +31 302333542 Treatment up to 22nd week of pregnancy www.vrelinghuis.nl Stichting Abortuskliniek Amsterdam (Closest airport: Amsterdam) Website: abortuskliniek-amsterdam.nl Tel:+31 206932151 Treatment up to 18 weeks of pregnancy Bloemenhove in Heemstede (Closest airport: Amsterdam) Website: www.bloemenhove.nl Phone: +31 235289890 Treatments up to 23 weeks of pregnancy SPAIN (Schengen country: Maltese ID Card or Maltese Residence Permit are sufficient for travel) Ginesur, Clínica Algeciras/Campo De Gibraltar C/ Juan González, 3, 11204 Algeciras Tel: +34 956 61 24 65 Web: https://ginesur.com/ginesur-campo-de-gibraltar/ Ginesur, Clínica Málaga Centro Medico C/ Andalucía nº 18 29009, Malaga Tel: +34 952 39 22 22 Web: https://ginesur.com/centro-medico-2002-malaga/ Ginecenter Malaga Calle Alemania, 15, 29001, Málaga Tel: +34 952 30 47 16 Web: https://www.ginecenter.com/contacto.html Do you have an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy and wish to speak to someone? Do you want to discuss all pregnancy options, including abortion, with someone who is pro-choice? or use the chat at the bottom right of the screen. Call us Frequently Asked Questions I'd rather have an abortion in a clinic than at home. What are my options? There are no legitimate abortion clinics in Malta so you would have to travel abroad. The usual destinations for women in Malta are England (UK) and the Netherlands. Italy has been popular in the past but keep in mind that the limit for abortions in Italy is only 90 days. You can find . a list of abortion clinics here How is a surgical abortion in a clinic performed? For pregnancies of up to 14 weeks, it is performed with a local anaesthetic and involves inserting a small tube into the uterus and aspirating the pregnancy. For this procedure you can expect to be at the clinic for a few hours. Beyond 14 weeks you will need to attend the day before to have cervical preparation, and on the day of the procedure the cervix is dilated and the pregnancy is removed with forceps and suction under a general anaesthetic. For this procedure you can expect to be at the clinic for a whole day. How much does a surgical abortion in clinic cost? An aspiration (up to 14 weeks pregnancy) usually costs around 800 Euro. A dilation and evacuation (beyond 14 weeks pregnancy) usually costs between 1,500 and 2,000 Euro. Keep in mind that you will also have to pay for travel and accommodation expenses. Remember, if you need help paying for your abortion abroad, may be able to help you. Abortion Support Network How quick is the recovery from a surgical abortion? Recovery is usually very quick and most women return to work after a day or two. Bleeding after a surgical abortion can continue for 1-2 weeks and usually resembles a normal period. Bleeding is usually less heavy than after a medical abortion (abortion with pills), and some women experience only some spotting until their next period. When can I travel after a surgical abortion? You should avoid travel for at least 24 hours after having a surgical abortion.
- FPAS Malta | Pro-Choice Helpline & Pregnancy Advisory Service
English English Deutsch Français Malti Español Italiano Русский српски језик العربية We're here to help you. FPAS Malta is here to help you. The Family Planning Advisory Service (FPAS) is run by trained volunteers and provides free information on reproductive choices to people in Malta. You can ask us anything about reproductive health, including abortion , contraception , and morning after pills , and we will provide reliable and unbiased information. We are pro-choice and non-judgemental. We aim to empower women* by giving information, advice, and support to enable them to make informed choices. We can also refer you to other pro-choice services and clinicians if needed. Get in Touch Send Message sent. These are the other ways you can contact us. All communication is confidential. Chat with us Chat with us using the chat box in the bottom right corner of the screen. Don't worry if you leave the website before we answer, we can reply to you via email. Call us. Call us on or 2778 0037 2034 1686 We may not always be able to answer your call depending on the volunteers available. Please leave a voice message with your phone number and we will call you back within 2 days. We have a freephone. Call us on freephone 8006 2857 This free phone number only works when calling from Malta from a landline or a mobile with a Maltese number. Send us an email. Send us an email on email@example.com Send us a WhatsApp message on +356 20341686 What We Offer How we can help you. FPAS is an initiative of three non-profit organisations based in Malta: , the , and Women for Women. In Malta, where reproductive rights lag behind those of other European countries, women may find it difficult to get reliable and unbiased information on reproductive options. FPAS aims to meet their needs. FPAS provides: Doctors for Choice (Malta) Women's Rights Foundation Information to pregnant women* on pregnancy options including safe abortion and pregnancy support services. We may also refer you to if you need help funding your abortion. If you wish to continue the pregnancy we can discuss other options such as adoption. We are pro-choice and we support people whatever their decision. Abortion Support Network Information and consultations on contraception, and help to access contraception for those with financial difficulties. Advice and support by trained volunteers and professionals. All FPAS services are free. More services may be announced in the future, so please keep following us. We are LGBTIQ+ friendly. * Although we sometimes use the term "women" to refer to our clients, we warmly offer our services to all people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Online Information information Information on abortion information Information on the morning after pill information Information on contraception information All topics information Give us your Feedback Give us your feedback. If you have any compliments, suggestions, or complaints about any FPAS service or volunteer, please send them to Doctors for Choice (Malta) through email . firstname.lastname@example.org