Belfast centre opens to public

The following is a statement from Dawn Purvis, Director of Marie Stopes Northern Ireland, on the opening of our new centre in Belfast, today.

We are delighted to be opening today and look forward to welcoming people into our world class sexual and reproductive health centre this afternoon. For the first time, the people of Northern Ireland can visit a single health centre for information, advice and help with contraception, HIV and sexually transmitted infections and – when the legal requirements are met - early medical abortion.

Anyone coming to us can be assured that we are fully respective of their privacy and our dedicated healthcare team will provide them with confidential, sensitive and non-judgemental care.

The level of support Marie Stopes International has received over the past week has been truly inspiring - we have been inundated with messages of support and thanks. Some groups are protesting and, whilst we respect their right to do so, we hope they too will respect an individual’s sexual and reproductive health rights, and a woman’s right to choose.