The USI (Union of Students in Ireland) have sent out warnings to students about rogue crisis pregnancy groups, which are run by pro-life campaigners.
The websites are resembling the layout of Myoptions.ie which is run by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The sites are using delaying tactics in order to make women wait past the 12 week limit for the termination.
In a Statement made by USI (The Union of Students in Ireland) president Síona Cahill has said “Many of the rogue groups are designed deliberately to mislead people accessing and looking for information that they provide non-directive counselling and unplanned pregnancy support, when in fact they usually do the opposite. The sites are also increasingly designed to resemble the official MyOptions website, run by the Health Service Executive (HSE).”
USI is focusing on the matter and is introducing workshops about pregnancy and consent all across the country. Ms Cahill also stated to only use the HSE MyOptions website and freephone number, or the Irish Family Planning Association National Pregnancy line.
The USI will also be distributing 30,000 SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance ) packs over the next week.
“USI won’t be exhausting energy on giving more platform to rogue or false agencies. Instead, as part of our national #SHAG19 campaign around Valentines day as well as for the rest of the year, we will be encouraging the use of trusted websites and helplines from the HSE and the IFPA (Irish Family Planning Association). ”stated the USI President in a statement.