Marie Stopes UK has today announced that it is closing its clinic in Belfast on 8 December, stating that this is as a result of the UK Government’s decision to fund abortion treatment for women from Northern Ireland.
The move leaves FPA as the only non-directive pregnancy choices counselling service in Northern Ireland.
Mark Breslin, Director of FPA in Northern Ireland, commented on the decision:
“FPA is disappointed in the news that the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast is closing after five years, but we’d like to thank all the staff who worked with the clinic for their role in advancing women’s reproductive choices in Northern Ireland and being part of moving the conversation on abortion forward.
“It’s clear that women in Northern Ireland need abortion services in their own country, not just available on the other side of the Irish Sea. We see women every day who need support and information – these women need more local services, not less.
“FPA’s non-directive pregnancy choices counselling service will still be there for the women who need it, and we will be able to offer support for all women, including those who have to travel to England under the new scheme organised by the Government Equalities Office.”
If you have an unplanned pregnancy, or are pregnant and not sure what to do, and you live in Northern Ireland, contact FPA’s non-directive counselling service on 0345 122 8687.