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Alliance councillor hopeful 'abortion images' will be removed from Belfast city centre

Pro-life protesters outside Falls Library in Belfast (stock picture)
Pro-life protesters outside Falls Library in Belfast (stock picture)

An Alliance councillor has said that she is hopeful "abortion imagery" will be removed from pro-life stalls in Belfast city centre.

Pro-life campaigners have set up the stalls in the city centre to distribute imagery and leaflets connected to their cause.

Councillor Michelle Kelly said that concerns had been raised over the imagery used by the groups.

She said that herself, along with party colleagues and members of other parties had brought the matter to the attention of Belfast City Council last month.

Councillor Kelly said that the group had written to the City Solicitor asking for advice on the matter.

She said that the City Solicitor had now replied saying that he will look into it and see what, if any, legal remedies are avaliable.

"While it would not be right to speculate on legal matters, I am hopeful it will lead to these sorts of images being removed from public display in the city centre," Councillor Kelly said.

“I absolutely agree with these groups’ right to protest, although I disagree with their views. However, their methods show a complete lack of compassion, despite being told by numerous people how impacted they are by them."

Councillor Kelly said that a number of women had found the images upsetting.

“Every public space is a shared space. However, these sorts of displays prevent that. As someone who has suffered a number of miscarriages, I do not want to be confronted with these graphic images and I know many others are the same," she said.

"Effectively, some people are being forced to avoid the city centre because they do not want to be re-traumatised. I hope that is changed and those who appear to be being deliberately cruel are stopped.”

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