Bernadette Smyth leaving Belfast Magistrates’ Court on December 17th, 2014 after she was ordered to do 100 hours’ community service and pay £2,000 compensation for harassing the director of a Marie Stopes clinic. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A high-profile anti-abortion campaigner’s appeal against being convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director will be heard in May. Bernadette (...)

Bernadette Smyth (51), from Suffolk Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim was convicted of two counts of harassment between January and February this year.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A high-profile anti-abortionist has been found guilty of harassing the director of Northern Ireland’s only Marie Stopes clinic.Bernadette Smyth (51), (...)

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