10th October 2012
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The first sexual and reproductive health centre to offer abortion services on the island of Ireland will open in Belfast next Thursday.
Marie Stopes Northern Ireland, based in purpose-built city centre premises on Great Victoria Street, will offer contraceptive options, HIV testing, STI testing and treatment, ultrasound scanning, and medical abortion up to nine weeks gestation.
Anyone over the age of 16 can access the centre, including people from the Republic, and services are available by appointment only. Marie Stopes International, which is a not-for-profit organisation, is the UK’s leading provider of sexual and reproductive healthcare services. It has been established for over 30 years, and works in 42 countries around the world.
This is a wonderful step forward. The fact that some women won’t have to leave the country and undertake a long and gruelling journey to England or Wales for terminations will make a world of difference. And the clinic offers counselling and other reproductive health services, which shall be of tremendous benefit to the local community as well as further afield. I’m very pleased! One step closer! :)