Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Is Marie Stopes abortion clinic actually legal?

When is Justice Minister David Ford, going to declare his findings regarding the legality of the Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Belfast?

It is almost a year-and-a-half since this clinic opened and the public are none the wiser regarding the legal status of this clinic.

There were grave doubts whether this clinic was legal when it first opened at the end of 2012 and nothing has been done to clarify this situation since.

Abortion is deemed illegal in Northern Ireland, except in cases where the mother's life is at risk, or there is a serious threat to her mental, or physical, health.

How can a private organisation like Marie Stopes open their own private clinic here?

Is the Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Belfast legal, or is it not?

BRIAN RITCHIE

Lisburn, Co Antrim

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